John Hellyer Liddel Commander of the Order of the British Empire was businessman who served as the last British chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1941 to 1942.
Liddell was born June 29, 1899 in Shanghai. He was the son of John and Marion (Hellyer) Liddell.
He was educated at Marlborough College from which he graduated in 1919.
His father had joined the firm in 1888. In 1932 he became managing director or Liddell Bros & Company Limited.
In 1941, he was chosen to be the Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council. (Technically, he was Chairman of the Provisional Council that had been established to take over from the SMC) He was chairman when the Japanese occupied the Shanghai International Settlement on December 8, 1941 at the start of the Pacific War.
Katsuo Okazaki was appointed in his place.
Liddell was interned in Shanghai for the duration of the war. Liddell was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1947.
Liddell died on 21 January 1984, in Alameda, California.
He remained in position until January 5, 1942 when he and all other British and American members of the council resigned.