Etc. -- Nursing Sister Hazel Gillean weds Major C. Austin Bell
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A lightly edited transcript of a page 8 article from the 9 Oct 1919 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.


An event of unusual interest took place 2 Oct 1919, in London, Ontario, when, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, the marriage took place of Nursing Sister Hazel Gillean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Gillean of Dufferin Avenue, London, to Major C. Austin Bell, of Toronto.

The bride and groom were both unattended, and the ceremony was conducted by the Rev. D. C. MacGregor, minister of St. Andrew's Church. After the wedding breakfast, which was served in the Indian room of the Tecumseh Hotel, Major and Mrs. Bell left on a honeymoon trip to New York. Upon their return they will live in Toronto.

Major and Mrs. Bell both gave valued service to their country overseas, and met for the first time in Petrograd Hospital, London, England, where Major Bell was a patient and Miss Gillean a nurse. Yesterday's ceremony was, therefore, the culmination of a war romance.

The bride is a graduate of Havergal College, Toronto, and of the Presbyterian Hospital, New York. She went overseas in 1915, and spent more than two years in France and Belgium, serving in advanced dressing stations. She returned to Canada last April.

Major Bell (B.A.Sc., 1913) enlisted in 1914 as a sapper with the 2nd Field Company Engineers. He was promoted to Sergeant before sailing overseas, in October, 1914. He took part in 11 battles, including Ypres, Vimy, Somme, Passchendale and Amiens. At Ypres, 1915, he was severely wounded, losing both legs. He was promoted to Major in 1918. -- Toronto Globe.  

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