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Douglas Waddell Jolly

Dr. D. W. Jolly. Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 56, 8 March 1939, Page 12. CC BY NC 3.0. Stuff Ltd.

Dr. D. W. Jolly. Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 56, 8 March 1939, Page 12. CC BY NC 3.0. Stuff L …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Waddell AWMM
  • Surname
    Jolly AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 136344 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 December 1904 AWMM CromwellOtago AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    Spanish Civil War 1936 AWMM Medical practitioner AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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    • Doctor Douglas Jolly graduated from the Otago Medical School in 1929, and became recognised as one of the most notable war surgeons of the 20th Century, serving in the Spanish Civil War and World War Two he help to develop a system of mobile emergency surgery that is credited with saving the lives of more patients with abdoninal injuries than any other factor. This system became standard practice and was also used during the Korean and Vietnam wars. (150 Alumni Heroes, University of Otago Magazine) AWMM
    • Douglas Waddell Jolly graduated MBChB from the University of Otgao in 1932. Public - George Frederick - Researcher - 8 July 2022 - University of New Zealand - Roll of Graduates, Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch c. 1962 p.182. Mind you, the UK & Ireland Medical Directory of 1935, p. 186, records the date as 1930!
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About death

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  • Death
    19 December 1983 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    British Medical Journal, vol. 288, 10 March 1984, p.798 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Jolly, Douglas W. (1940). Field surgery in total war. London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd. AWMM
    • Derby, M. (2009). Kiwi companeros : New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War. Christchurch, N.Z.: Canterbury University Press. AWMM
    • Adams, D. B., 'Douglas Waddell Jolly as a Pioneer in the Surgical Treatment of Trauma', Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, 171 (3) (1990), 253-256. AWMM
    • Derby M, Lowe D. Douglas Waddell Jolly (1904–1983) – New Zealand pioneer of modern battlefield surgery. Journal of Medical Biography. 2020;28(4):224-232. doi:10.1177/0967772018754940 AWMM


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08 July 2022George FrederickDunedinResearcher

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