Harold Bellman was born in London on 19 February 1886, and died there on 1 June 1963. Although he was born in Paddington in London, Bellman considered himself a Cornishman (both his parents were from Penzance). He was a lifelong Methodist and popular lay preacher. Within a year of leaving school at age fourteen, Bellman had passed the clerks’ examinations for the Railway Clearing House and gained promotion (despite finding the job extremely boring). Barred from active service in the First World War on medical grounds, Bellman joined the Ministry for Munitions, where his wartime services won him an MBE. In 1918 he became a part-time board member of the Abbey Road & St John's Wood Building Society, and by June 1920 was a full-time member of management. He became managing director in 1930, and chairman in 1937. Knighted in 1932, Bellman was also granted the Légion d’Honneur and Australian Order of Merit. He was for many years a member of the Court of governors of the London School of Economics.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.