Bell, Reginald Philip (Munitions Worker, b.? - d.1976)

Accession Number AWM2016.724.2
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter, Souvenir, Postcard, Poem
Maker Bell, Reginald Philip
Place made Australia, Ceylon, Japan, United Kingdom
Date made 1916-1919
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition, Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of Reginald Philip Bell, Munitions Worker, Vickers Factory, United Kingdom and Australia, 1916-1919.

Collection consists of:
- One letter on Vickers Limited Sheffield, Melbourne branch, letter-headed paper stating that Mr Bell was having his passage paid for to travel to England for work with Vickers in England at Barrow-in-Furness, dated 12 February 1916.
- One souvenir letter sent from Colombo by Mr Bell written on Japanese decorated 'pine paper' (very thinly cut pine) during his journey to England.
- One souvenir booklet featuring photos of the King and Queen's visit to the Vickers Ltd Naval Construction Works in Barrow-in-Furness on 17 May 1917, published as a supplement to the 'Guardian' dated 26 May 1917.
- One invitation to a dance organised by "the Australians in Dalton-in-Furness" addressed to a Miss C Birkett, Mr Bell's future wife, dated 5 April 1918 - this is where they met.
- One sepiatone letter card containing images of Barrow-in-Furness, dated 21 November 1919.
- A letter of acceptance of Mr Bell's application to return to Australia, dated 23 January 1919.
- A poem entitled "A Stray Thought" written by Mr Bell about his experiences in Barrow-in-Furness