Brings Home Tablet in Memory

Halifax Chronicle Herald by Andrew Merkel, Canadian Press Staff Writer, 1944

Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Bullock has returned to Canada with his most prized possession, the memory of a fine companionship with his only son through four years of war.

When Colonel Bullock took the West Nova Scotia Regiment overseas in December, 1939, it numbered among its ranks Private Reginald Bullock, just turned 18, with one year in arts at King’s College. He has brought back a brass tablet to the memory of Captain Reginald Bullock, who died of wounds received in the Ortono fighting January 3 of this year. Later it is to be unveiled in Holy Trinity Church, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, of which Colonel Bullock was rector when war broke out.

Colonel Bullock, looking as fit as a fiddle, is noncommittal about his own fortunes overseas, how he had to give up command of his regiment because of his 55 years , how he reverted to the rank of Captain in order to get to a fighting front as head of No. 1 Unit of War Graves Commission, how following the death of his son he was ordered home again because of his age. But he is outspoken in his tribute to the son, who earned his commission the hard way and in the difficult fighting up the Adriatic side of the Italian peninsula, came to be known among the fabulous 8th. Army as “The Wonder Man.”

The lad was leading a mortar platoon December 31, when his communication wire failed. Instead of ordering a signalman out to do the repair job, he went himself. A shell burst close at hand and he was badly wounded. Three days later, his father at his bedside in a field hospital, he died, with a wink and the words,”Okay, Dad, okay.”

Now, the father is back in Canada for retirement. On his arriving in the Dominion, he found himself restored to his old rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He will retire with this rank.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

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