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George Millington Woodwark: Medical Student

Born in 1923 in England and grew up on Harley Street, London, died peacefully on June 4, 2012.

Liberation of Bergen Belsen
Woodwark, seen here with the other Westminster Medical Students, is first on the left.

He served in the Royal Navy as a ship physician and spent several years working in Zimbabwe. Dr. Woodwark arrived in Victoria, British Columbia as a cardiologist in the early 1960’s. Dr. Woodwark was the pioneer of cardiology on Vancouver Island and established heart catheterizations and introduced the first heart defibrillation unit in Canada. He was a pioneer in many aspects, including training firemen and paramedics to handle heart attacks and cardiac emergencies.

He was very instrumental in having open heart surgery brought to the Island. He devoted many volunteer hours to help teach lay people about cardiology and his main focus was on prevention. He will be remembered for his long list of amazing contributions to cardiology and will be remembered as “The Father of Cardiology”. He is survived by his wife, Sheila and four children.

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This archive has been established after my own relative, Reg Price, took part in the liberation and subsequent humanitarian effort of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. Reg produced this famous sign at Belsen. As part of the 113th DLI, Reg and his comrades were at Belsen for 5 weeks and left when the last hut was empty and ceremonially burnt down. This archive compiles all available resources to build a lasting tribute to all the men and women who helped - any unit, any nationality. If you have a relative, or any info, on the relief effort at Belsen, we’d love you to please get in touch. Email us: liberator@belsen.co.ukThank you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter