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Walter B. Bell
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1886
Springfield
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1952
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

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. 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Franklin Bell (____ - 1887)
  Jennie Dowhen Griffith (1863 - 1897)
 
 Sibling:
  Walter B. Bell (1886 - 1952)
  Lulu Gossom (1893 - 1980)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
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
Walter B. Bell
Added by: Kathleen Clemence
 
Walter B. Bell
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