Benjamin Allen Bull (1887-1917)

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From The Roll of Honour: A Biographical Record of All Members of His Majesty's Forces Who Have Fallen in the War (Volume 3):

BULL, BENJAMIN ALLEN, Capt., 2/2nd Home Counties Field Ambulance. R.A.M.C., only son of Professor Bull, of 83, Wilbraham Road, Charlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester; born Huddersfield. 19 Nov. 1887; educ. Rydal Mount School, Colwyn Bay, and Jesus College, Oxford, where he won an Exhibition, and obtained First Class Honours in Mathematical Moderations, and a First Class in the Final Honour School of Physiology; entered the Hospital course at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in Sept. 1912: in Aug. 1914, he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as Surgeon Probationer; served on H.M.S. Lysander; in Dec. 1914, he returned to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where he finished his course and qualified; obtained a commission in May, 1915; when taking out a draft of men to the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders the stop was wrecked, but all were saved; a week later, returned to France, and was attached to the London Regt., and was killed in action 16 Sept. 1917, by a shell, which burst outside his Aid Post, near Ypres, where he was attending a wounded man. Buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boesinghe, north of Ypres. His Colonel wrote: "Capt. Bull was a most gallant and capable officer, in whom I placed the greatest confidence, and his loss will be deeply felt by all those who were associated with him. His cheery spirits and devotion to duty were the admiration of all ranks," and a brother officer: "I only knew him for three or four months, but I got to love the big, generous heart of him. He was so bright, cheerful, keen, with such amazing capacity for appreciating life, and an entirely attractive sense of humour. His wit kept our mess alive, and where he had been most caustic and censorious, he invariably balanced things by behaving in a manner that was as charming and attractive as could be — a manner which reminded one of a very perfect Irish gentleman. He died doing his duty." Another also wrote: "Capt. Bull was kindness itself to me, often going a long way out of his way to do little kindnesses. His treatment of the soldiers was most sympathetic; more so than that of most medical officers. He was fearless under fire, and our Commanding Officer told me that he had put his name down for a Decoration." Unmarried.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Captain B A BULL
  • Royal Army Medical Corps
  • died: Sunday, September 16, 1917
  • record ID: 439767

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