Tribute to man who took thousands of Northamptonshire people to graves of relatives killed in conflicts

Alex Bulloch
Alex Bulloch
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A man who has taken thousands of Northamptonshire people to the graves of loved ones killed in the First and Second World Wars has died after a prolonged illness at the age of 82.

Alex Bulloch, of King’s Norton, founded the Birmingham War Research Society together with police force colleagues in 1972. Since then, he has performed a unique service by transporting people to the last resting places of relatives who fell during both wars, mainly in France, Belgium and Germany.

Mr Bulloch, who received the MBE in 2008 for charitable services, was born in April, 1932, in East Lothian, Scotland.

After national service in the British Army, he joined the Merchant Navy in 1956 and became an assistant baker on the Queen Elizabeth.

Mr Bulloch served on sister ship the Queen Mary as an assistant cook and later aboard the Caronia, which regularly undertook world cruises. He also worked on board the Mauretania 2.

In 1957, Mr Bulloch joined City of Birmingham Police, going on to found the force’s pipe band. He served as a police constable for ten years, later winning promotion to sergeant, and attended the Birmingham bomb outrages in November, 1974. He retired from the force in 1988.

Mr Bulloch was a Freemason for many years and a life member of Dunbar Castle No 75 Lodge. He was on the roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and also the Lodge of St Andrew Province of Warwickshire.

He regularly appeared on local radio and answered questions about his work with the society.

Mr Bulloch’s wife Jessie died in 2012. He leaves two sons, Keith and Ian.