Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
1868 - Born on the 14th of July in Washington Hall, County Durham, England.
1884 - She went to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and gained a first class honours degree in history.
1892 - Traveled to Persia.
1899 - She again embarked to the Middle East.
1900 - Visited Palestine and Syria then traveled to Jerusalem.
1905 - She was again in the Middle East.
- Published her observations in the book The Desert and the Sown.
1907 - Traveled to Turkey and began to work with the archaeologist and New Testament scholar Sir William M. Ramsey.
1909 - She left for Mesopotamia and visited the Hittite city of Carchemish.
1913 - Her Arabian journey was generally difficult.
- She was the second foreign woman after Lady Anne Blunt to visit Ha'il.
1915 - She was summoned to Cairo to the Arab Bureau, headed by General Gilbert Clayton.
1916 - On 3rd of March she was arrived in Basra.
- Became the only female political officer in the British forces and received the title of "Liaison Officer, Correspondent to Cairo."
1917 - She was called by Cox to Baghdad and presented with the title of "Oriental Secretary."
1919 - Assigned to conduct an analysis of the situation in Mesopotamia.
1920 - Percy Cox returned to Baghdad and asked her to continue as Oriental Secretary.
1925 - Returned to Britain and facing family problems and ill health.
1926 - She committed suicide in Baghdad on 12th of July with an overdose of sleeping pills.
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