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George Bullock-Douglas

George Bullock-Douglas

George Arthur Hardy Bullock-Douglas (4 June 1911 – 25 June 1958) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A wing three-quarter, Bullock-Douglas represented Wanganui at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1932 to 1934. He played 15 matches for the All Blacks including five internationals.[1]

George Bullock-Douglas
Birth nameGeorge Arthur Hardy Bullock-Douglas
Date of birth(1911-06-04)4 June 1911
Place of birthWhanganui, New Zealand
Date of death25 June 1958(1958-06-25) (aged 47)
Place of deathWhanganui, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
SchoolAuckland Grammar School
Wanganui Collegiate School
Occupation(s)Bank officer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
All Black No. 388
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1931–36 Wanganui 28 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1932–34 New Zealand 5 (9)

Bullock-Douglas was educated first at Gonville School. He then had a stint at Auckland Grammar School and lastly, Wanganui Collegiate School where he was a member of the 1st XV in his two years at the school between 1927 and 1928.[2] He was also a member of the school's 1st XI cricket team.[3] He later played representative cricket for Wanganui, and appeared in a match for Wanganui against the MCC on their 1935–36 tour of New Zealand.[4] In that match, Bullock-Douglas batted at number 7 or 8, and scored 14 and 0 respectively in his two innings.[5]

A bank officer,[1] Bullock-Douglas was awarded a Diploma in Banking by Victoria University College in 1934.[6] During World War II he served as an officer with the 21st Battalion of the New Zealand Military Forces,[7] reaching the rank of captain. He saw active service in Greece and North Africa, and was twice wounded:[8] in Greece in 1941, and Libya in 1943.[9][10]


  1. Knight, Lindsay. "George Bullock-Douglas". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. Chester, Rod; McMillan, Neville; Palenski, Ron (1987). The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby. Auckland, New Zealand: Moa Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0-908570-16-3.
  3. Wanganui Collegiate School Register: from 1854 to 1939 (2nd ed.). Dunedin: A.H. & A.W. Reed. p. 225.
  4. George Bullock-Douglas at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  5. "Wanganui v Marylebone Cricket Club in 1935/36". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. "Diploma in Banking". The Spike. Victoria University College Students' Association: 122. 1934. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  7. "Second echelon: officers appointed". Auckland Star. 13 May 1940. p. 10. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. "Episodes & Studies: volume 2". The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–1945. Wellington: Historical Publications Branch. p. 31. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  9. "Soldier athletes: two All Blacks wounded". New Zealand Herald. 9 June 1941. p. 3. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  10. "Roll of honour: N.Z.E.F. casualties". Evening Post. 4 May 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 24 August 2015.

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