News from 1914: Death of Dr Bell

Mark Baber

Staff member
The Journal of Commerce, Montreal, 12 September 1914

Friends in Montreal of Dr. Harry Bell, the late surgeon on the White Star
Steamship Adriatic, received a decided shock yesterday when the news of his
death at Liverpool was received through the city branch of the company.
Acquaintances, who saw him just before the sailing of the Adriatic from New
York, reported that he seemed to be in the best of health, and his death
must therefore have been sudden, although the cable announcement does not
give details. He had a serious illness four years ago as a result of which
he spent six weeks in the Royal Victoria Hospital here, and friends think
that this may have affected his heart in some way.

Dr. Harry Bell was a younger brother of the late Dr. James Bell, who until
his death three years ago was the chief surgeon of the Royal Victoria
Hospital, and one of the best known physicians during his practice in
Montreal. Dr. Henry Bell, of Dr. Harry Bell, as he was always known, was
born in Ontario, where his father also lived until he died four years ago at
the age of 91. He was a graduate of McGill University Medical Facility,
gaining so many friends during his years there as a student that he stayed
in Montreal for a while with his brother before graduating. Then he
practised for a few years in Montreal on his own account before obeying the
prompting of an adventurous disposition, and taking a berth as surgeon in a
White Star steamship plying between England and Australian, New Zealand and
African ports. For fourteen or fifteen years he served on White Star boats
to the ends of the earth and back again. He was as familiar with the
Mediterranean as most Montrealers are with the St. Lawrence river. Then
when the Adriatic, which was built in 1906, was launched, he joined her as
surgeon, remaining with her until the time of his death.