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Great War Stories 2 - Ormond Burton Television (Full Length Episode) – 2015 Documentary War

Great War Stories 2 - Ormond Burton

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2015 Documentary War

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From the second series of short documentaries remembering New Zealanders in World War I, this episode looks at Ormond Burton. Burton left for war as a 21-year-old, and served as a medic and in the infantry. He was decorated for bravery, and a bible saved him from a bullet. His stance on the justness of war changed after experiencing the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front. During  World War ll the Methodist minister was jailed as a conscientious objector; later he became a prominent pacifist and anti-Vietnam War campaigner. The series screened during 3 News.

For 12 hours on end an orderly would be alone with 60 desperately wounded men.
– Ormond Burton, on a hospital boat off Gallipoli