BELL, JAMES 
- Born: - Died: 1943
Assistant city surveyor of Belfast. James Bell entered the office of the Belfast city surveyor HENRY ALBERT CUTLER in 1892 as an engineering assistant. In 1922 he became superintendent of highways and in 1928 he was promoted to assistant surveyor, a position which he held until his retirement in 1938. During the interregnum between the retirement of EDMUND SUFFERN PINKERTON and appointment of ROBERT BUCHAN DONALD in 1928, he was acting city surveyor.(1) His salary was increased by £250 per annum in 1936.(2) He died in 1943, remembered in his obituary in the Irish Builder as 'one of the kindliest officials who had ever served the corporation'.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Bell in IB 85, 27 Mar 1943, 128.
(1) IB 70, 12 Mar 1928, 404 (wrongly called Joseph Bell).
(2) IB 78, 2 May 1936, 364.