Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ernest Edward 'Weary' Dunlop AC, CMG, OBE, KStJ (12 July, 1907 to 2 July, 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership whilst being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. He was born in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.
'.. It is amongst the terrible backdrop of war where he is most vividly remembered. For it was as a surgeon on the infamous Burma Railway where he carved his legendry status. In the face of unspeakable cruelty he refused to break - providing care, hope and humour to thousands of sick and dying soldiers. Dignity is difficult to find among starvation and disease. Yet Weary not only displayed great dignity, he unselfishly shared it with those who had nothing left. Upon returning from the war, Weary dedicated his life to caring for former prisoners of war..' (pamphlet issued with 1995 proof coin set issued by Royal Australian Mint).
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