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Kenneth James Gordon Bell

M, #85, b. 15 May 1938, d. 29 September 1969
Kenneth James Gordon Bell
  • Birth*: Kenneth James Gordon Bell was born on 15 May 1938 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.
  • He was the son of David Albert Bell and Margaret Kinnear Adamson.
  • (Witness) Photograph: Kenneth James Gordon Bell is in this photograph taken circa 1948 along with James Kinnear Adamson, Georgina Key, Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP, James Kinnear Adamson MA, Margaret Kinnear Adamson and David Albert Bell.
    Adamson & Bell families c1948
    sitting at back L-R : James K Adamson, Margaret K (Adamson) Bell, Georgina (Key) Adamson, James K Adamson, (Margaret) Lillian Bell, Douglas G Adamson
    in front L-R: Kenneth G Bell, David D Bell, David A Bell
  • (Witness) Photograph: Kenneth James Gordon Bell is in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with Margaret Kinnear Adamson, David Albert Bell.1
    1st July 1950, St Pauls' Church, Nethergate, Dundee
    L-R: David Bell, Kenneth Bell, Margaret Adamson Bell, David Bell
  • Photograph*: Kenneth James Gordon Bell is in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.1
  • Photograph*: Kenneth James Gordon Bell and Helen Key are in this photograph taken circa 1966.2
    Kenneth Bell MN
    with his Aunt Nellie (Key) Heggie
  • (Deceased) Death*: Kenneth James Gordon Bell died on 29 September 1969 at at sea, at age 31 First name(s) KENNETH JAMES G
    Last name BELL
    Gender Male
    Birth day 16
    Birth month 5
    Birth year 1938
    Age -
    Death quarter 4
    Death year 1969
    County Northumberland
    Volume 1B
    Page 889
    Country England
    Record set England & Wales deaths 1837-2007
    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory Deaths & burials
    Collections from Great Britain.3
  • (Headstone) Memorial Inscription*: A memorial was erected on 3 June 2018 at Amble Harbour, Amble, Northumberland, England, in memory of Kenneth James Gordon Bell and others; RNLI volunteers at Amble to attend memorial to RAF crew lost on service
    About the author Rodney Burge Lifeboat Press Officer, Amble Lifeboat Station
    4-5 minutes

    A memorial is to be placed at Amble harbour on Friday 1 June commemorating the loss of three crew members of The Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Pinnace 1386.

    It will be unveiled and dedicated at 2:00pm on Sunday 3 June.

    The Pinnacle was overwhelmed by heavy seas on 29 September 1969 and capsized while trying to enter Amble harbour.

    It had steamed down the coast from Broughty Ferry in heavy swell conditions to carry out exercises with the helicopters based at RAF Acklington that evening.

    The three men lost were Flt. Lt. Bell (Skipper), Cpl. Ivil WO/p and SAC. Denson WO/p. Their names are engraved on an RAF memorial elsewhere.

    There was no local memorial placed at Amble but as 2018 is the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and The Royal Air Force Marine Craft Unit, it was felt that as these men were the only personnel on active sea duty to die since the end of the Second World War, it would be a fitting tribute to them.

    The Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft Sections Club decided to raise funds for the memorial two years ago, mainly between themselves and the families affected by the tragedy, but Amble Town Council kindly donated funds toward the cost.

    The rescue services from HM Coastguard 202 Search and Rescue Squadron based at RAF Acklington, together with both Amble Lifeboats, combined their efforts in order to save what lives they could in an evening of high drama and bravery.

    Local divers, J.B. Sample and E. Bramham attempted to dive under the boat but were unable to get past the wires and ropes which had become a hazard underwater. Later in the evening a team of Royal Navy divers arrived from Rosyth Naval Base. They boarded the upturned hull and created a hole to enable a survivor to escape after several hours trapped.

    The memorial will be unveiled by Commanding officer RAF Boulmer, Gp. Captain R.G. Jacob BA, Hons. RAF and blessed by Reverend John McDermott, Vicar of St Cuthbert’s Church Amble.

    Dignitaries attending will include the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland’s Deputy, Gp. Captain, Tim Willbond together with the Mayor of Amble and representatives from Amble Harbour commissioner’s office, Mr. Maurice Burnett and Harbour Master Alan Punton.

    Survivors, rescuers and family members of the men lost together with serving members of Amble Lifeboat crew will also be present.4
Last Edited: 4 Jun 2018


Father*: David Albert Bell b. 1910, d. 1995
Mother*: Margaret Kinnear Adamson b. 4 Jun 1909, d. 5 Aug 2003


  1. [S133] Interview with unknown informant (unknown informant address). Unknown repository (unknown repository address), CNM DGA Wedding Album [1950].
  2. [S43] CNM [1950].
  3. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 Transcription
    URL of this page: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=BMD/D
    /1969/4/AZ/000090/087&_ga=1.15965105.609718925.1433620489 [May 2016].
  4. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) RNLI Press release https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2018/may/11/rnli-volunteers-at-amble-to-attend-memorial-to-raf-crew-lost-on-service [May 2018].