Francis John [Frank] Bell – Timeline

  • 1895.  Born 21st August Tottenham London
  • 1901.  Census 31st March recorded as ‘visitor’ aged 5 with William & Jane Lowthian, Kettering, Northants.
  • 1908.  Boarder aged 12 Grosvenor College Carlisle.
  • 1911.  Census 2nd April aged 15 Grosvenor College Carlisle.
  • 1911.  Began apprenticeship Harland & Wolff Belfast.
  • 1917.  Completes apprenticeship  in summer of 1917 at Harland & Wolff.
  • 1919.  Began Merchant Marine career in September as 4th Engineer with SS Adriatic aged 24.
  • 1920.  Arrived New York 8th February as a passenger, home address Stockton Heath Warrington.
  • 1921.  February SS Persic. Married [1] Marjorie Sybil Dykes Robson, Somercotes Derby 6th July aged 25
  • 1922.  April SS Dakotian.
  • 1924.  February SS Dakarian.  June SS Scythian.
  • 1926.  Death of Mrs Bell 13th November Alfreton Derbys.
  • 1928.  July SS Minnewaska Married [2] Martha Hannah Lewis Lambeth 21st July aged 32
  • 1929.  May SS Almeda Star, July SS Highland Rover, October SS Highland Piper.
  • 1930.  April MV Dunster Grange, June SS Baltonia.
  • 1942.  Death 19th February aged 46 at Edgware, London, cause of death Bronchopneumonia.1943.  Last known ship on which he served, SS Baltonia  home port of London. While on convoy MKS-7 on the Seville-Gibralter-Belfast Lough route on the 7th February 1943, SS Baltonia with a cargo of 1215 tons of sour oranges, ran into a minefield laid by U-118 [Werner Czygan] and sunk with the loss of 11dead & 51 survivors.


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