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Bull, Brigadier William Henry Blinman, NZMC, CBE, OBE, ED, MB ChB, FRCS ED

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Bull, Brigadier William Henry Blinman, NZMC, CBE, OBE, ED, MB ChB, FRCS ED

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Bull, Brigadier William Henry Blinman, NZMC, CBE, OBE, ED, MB ChB, FRCS ED

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Collection

Former NRAM reference number:

X3492

Description:

Born 19 May 1897. Brigadier Bull joined the Medical Corps in 1917 as a 2Lt. He was recalled from the Reserve of Officers in 1925. He was Assistant Director of Medical Services Central District at the outbreak of WW2 as a Lt Col. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 6 NZ Field Ambulance and embarked with it for overseas on 28 August 1940. He saw service with his unit in the Middle East, Greece and Crete. In Crete he was captured by German paratroopers on 28 May 1941 while he was caring for a group of 46 severely wounded in a schoolhouse. He spent the rest of the war as the Senior PoW Medical Officer in Lamsdorf Stalag VIIIB, apart from a time in the infamous Colditz PoW camp. His collection includes his detailed report of his experiences and correspondence with the various camp commandants and his subsequent debriefing in England in 1945. On his return to NZ, Brigadier Bull went on to become the Director General of Medical Services in 1947.

Collection. Some papers and a four part report on his experiences as a Prisoner of War in Germany from his capture in Crete in 1941 to his release in 1945.

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Unknown

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Not restricted

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New Zealand · Greece · Middle East · Crete · Elsterhorst, Germany

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WW1 · WW2

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