He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned in the Scots Guards in 1890. He served in the Boer War. In 1905, his father was created a Baronet. That same year the family assumed by Royal licence the additional surname and arms of Morrison in 1905, for Charles' mother, Mary Wilhelmina Morrison, the daughter and heiress of Royal Navy officer John Morrison.
Arthur was promoted Major in 1908, and retired from the army the same year.
At the general election of January 1910, Morrison-Bell was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Honiton. In 1914, he rejoined the army at the beginning of the First World War, was captured in 1915 and returned to England in 1918.
In 1912 Morrison-Bell married Hon. Lilah Katherine Julia Wingfield, daughter of Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount Powerscourt. They had two daughters, Shelagh and Patricia, with a third daughter dying in infancy. Shelagh married Sir Ralph Abercromby Campbell, Chief Justice of the Bahamas, in 1968.
The baronetcy became extinct when he died in 1956.
- "Obituary: Sir Clive Morrison-Bell – 21 Years M.P. For Honton". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 17 April 1956. p. 13.
- Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 2783. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
- "No. 27868". The London Gazette. 29 December 1905. p. 9320.
- "No. 27855". The London Gazette. 17 November 1905. p. 7706.
- "No. 32849". The London Gazette. 31 July 1923. p. 5238.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Clive Morrison-Bell
- Parliamentary Archives, The Morrison-Bell Papers
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