|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1886|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1952|
San Francisco County
Walter's father died when Walter was 1 year old. His mother died when he was 10 years old. The 1900 census shows that Walter was age 12, living with his step-father and step-mother in Springfield, Illinois, and employed as an office boy. The 1910 census shows Walter as age 23, and a soldier in the US Army at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri. Service records indicate Walter began service from California for World War I on 27 December 1916, and was discharged 6 August 1917. He completed a World War I draft card on 22 April 1918, claiming exemption from further service due to a previous discharge for medical disability.
Walter's draft registration listed his occupation as sexton of the Hamilton Square Baptist church at the corner of Post & Steiner streets in San Francisco. He was listed as a church sexton/janitor in the 1920, 1930, and 1940 US census, and still single at the age of 54 in 1940.
The cemetery record stated that Walter's next-of-kin were unknown. His burial was authorized by a telegram from the Office of Quarter Master General.
Benjamin Franklin Bell (____ - 1887)
Jennie Dowhen Griffith (1863 - 1897)
Walter B. Bell (1886 - 1952)
Lulu Gossom (1893 - 1980)**
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Mateo County
Plot: Section R, Site 5006
Maintained by: Richard S. Clark
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3551824