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Great War Stories 4 - Bill Dobson

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2017

Bill Dobson was one of around 500 New Zealanders to be taken prisoner by the Germans during World War I. His grandsons, filmmakers Grant and Bryce Campbell, use Dobson’s letters home, his sketch book and contemporary photographs to describe his journey. Bill was one of 210 Kiwis captured at French village Méteren, near the Belgian border, during Germany’s 1918 Spring Offensive. Camp conditions were tough, but Dobson filled his time with prolific sketching and performing in the Camp Concert Party. Post-war, Dobson married vaudeville performer Louise Morris.

Some shells that burst about here literally dig huge holes where you could put 60 minimum easily and that’s the truth.
– Bill Dobson writes home

Key Cast & Crew

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Grant Campbell


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Mike McRoberts


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Anna Cottrell

Producer, Writer, Director

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Matt Henley

Camera Operator

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Sam Caldwell

Sound Recordist

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John Patrick

Sound Recordist

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