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Sir (Harold) Idris Bell (1879–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...

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Gunn, Battiscombe George (1883–1950), Egyptologist, was born on 30 June 1883 in London, the elder son of George Gunn, of the London stock exchange, and his wife, Julia Alice, second daughter of John Moore Philp (1819–1899), London newspaper editor. After being educated in the late 1890s at ...