BULLOCK, Donald Charles

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
Died : 
Monday, September 13, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Local Roll of Honour: 
Sergeant Donald Bullock D.C.M., died during operations at Salerno on the 13th September 1943. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty on the 10th September 1943 at the Vietri sur Mare defile, Italy. [1]
Sgt. Bullock has no known grave. A memorandum from the War Office dated 3rd April 1944 to the RAMC requested that a survivor from the Hospital Ship Newfoundland be questioned as to whether he could confirm or otherwise if Bullock had been a patient on board when it was attacked by enemy aircraft. HMHS Newfoundland was a hospital ship and part of the Allied fleet for the Salerno Landings in September 1943. There were casualties and the subsequent fire necessitated the ship being abandoned.  2 unknown patients were recorded as being on board. 
The result was negative as the RAMC survivor, WO1 Waller, RAMC,  could not help.  Other enquiries were also negative.  A telegram dated June 1944 held within the File also notes that the unknown patients had been identified thus ruling out Bullock as being one of them.
The original memorandum does contain the following line in relation to the enquiry "...whether he has any recollection of Marine D.C. Bullock, who was admitted to 185 Field Ambulance on the 12th September 1943 suffering from a fractured skull,  and evacuated to a hospital ship on the 13th September." [2]
[1] London Gazette 36583 page 3040.
[2] National Archives file WO 361/463 - Casualties at Sea: HM Hospital Ship Newfoundland.
Primary Roll of Honour: 


(1) The CWGC show DCM and MM. (2) London Gazettes show DCM only (3) The actual Recommendation for Award at the NA shows recommended for DCM, granted MM. (4) RM Museum state they only have a record of the DCM. (5) Our entry uses the award as in London Gazettes and RM Museum.

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