Bell, George (Major, b.1882 - d.1970)

Accession Number 3DRL/4181
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 13 wallets: 30 cms.
Object type Document, Diary, Notebook, Letter, Certificate
Maker Bell, George
Place made Australia, Belgium, France
Date made 1916-1969
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/008/012
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the First World War service of Major George Bell, No 1 and No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Stations in France and Belgium.

This is a very large collection consisting of diaries, letters, notebooks, case books and histories, and various other medical papers . There is also a lot of loose material placed within the books:
. Case books (5), April 1917 - August 1918.
. Notebooks (3) on medical procedures and techniques
. Address book and notebook
. Diary in two volumes covering October 1916 - December 1918
. Exercise book containing notes on some cases treated
. Diary / casebook entries for August-October 1916 and June-July 1919, also printed instructions to MOs transports
. Register of diseases recorded October 1916 during voyage on Wiltshire
. Handwritten notes on case histories
. Folder containing typed copies of these case histories and also photocopy of No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station report of the Surgeon Specialist for July 1918 (2 copies)
. Collection of records relating to Dr Bell's service career, 1916-1962. Contains army commissions, army movement orders during the war, notice of termination of service with the AIF, letters notifying award of OBE and mentioned in despatches, note of congratulations on OBE from General Birdwood, appointments as General Surgeon to Repatriation Department and as Surgical Consultant and later Senior Specialist in Surgery to the Navy in post-war years, request from University of Sydney for details of record of service.
. Medical paper 1916-1919, includes Surgeon Specialist's reports, lists of operations performed, medical repots and articles, statistics, lists of equipment and reports on individual cases.
. Fifty five letters from Major Bell to his family 1916-1919, and notes for personal diary. Also three letters written to Major Bell by his brother Click Bell from Turkey and France.
. Letters to Dr Bell 1917-1969. These include notes from former patients, letters from professional colleagues, requests 1922 from Department of Repatriation for information on war surgery and Bell's reply, also 3 news clippings and notes on Tournai.
. 3 loose pages of handwritten patient notes headed '1st ACCS 1918' written by Dr George Bell
. Publication titled 'Blood transfusion in civil practice', reprinted from the MJA, 27 October 1923, of which Dr Bell was one of the 3 authors.

Another large collection of material relating to Dr George Bell is held by the State Library of New South Wales.