BULLOCK, Donald Charles

Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
CH/X3346
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Monday, September 13, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
23
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 

Sgt. Bullock DCM was killed in action during operations at Salerno, this date being that of the action on the hills by the village of Dragonea, above Vietri sul Mare. He had earlier been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty while serving with Royal Marine Commandos in 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]

Sources
[1] LG 23 June 1944, Supplement 36583, Page 3040.
[2] WO 361/463 - Casualties at Sea: HM Hospital Ship Newfoundland
 

Comments

(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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