Bell, George Allen Kennedy, Bishop of Chichester, ecumenical statesman, born Norwich, England, 4 February 1883, died Canterbury, 3 October 1958.

Educated at Christ Church Oxford and Wells Theological College, in 1914 Bell became chaplain to Archbishop Davidson. He was a secretary of the 1920 Lambeth conference and edited four volumes of Documents on Christian Unity. In 1929 he became Bishop of Chichester. Involved with the emerging Life and Work movement, he supported the Confessing Church in Germany, and worked for refugees from the Hitler regime. During the war he met Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Stockholm and took news of German opposition to Hitler to the British government.  His opposition to the area bombing of German cities was believed to have cost him the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. He supported the Church of South India and was first moderator of the WCC Central Committee (1948-1954).

John Roxborogh