Captain Raymond Allsop
Captain Raymond Allsop -

Was one of over 500 ex-students of the school who joined the armed forces during World War II. He attended the school from his home in Baulkham Hills. Ray Allsopp was an exceptionally gifted student who went on to study medicine at Sydney University. He was the top student in hos second year and graduated in 1938 with second place in the Honours List and prizes in surgery and surgical anatomy. After graudation Dr Allsopp worked on the staff of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for two years. he set up a private practice in Wollongong before enlisting in the Australian Medical Corps.

Ray Allsopp's Army medical service brought him to Borneo in 1945 where he was attached tp the 2/5 Calvary Commando Squadron. On 1 July 1945 in open country near Balikpapan a unit of the squadron was trapped in a Japanese ambush. Two badly wounded soldiers were 'pinned down' under a low ridge by enemy machine gun fire. Captain Allsop went forward to their assistance and dressed their wounds. As he began to drag the trooper to safety both men were hit, the trooper was fatally wounded and the rescuer received a serious leg wound. The young medical officer attended the wounds of three other soldiers, then set off to assist another. as he did so a mortar bomb fatally wounded Captain Allsopp. The official report on his action states"

"In all Captain Allsopp was tending the wounded in the open for an hour under incessant machine-gun and rifle fire ... He refused to return to safety ... His action undoubtedly saved the lives of three badly wounded men at the cost of his own for which he showed not the slightest consideration" The report concludes: "The extreme courage, fortitude and devotion to duty displayed by this officer in the face of such odds will ever remain an inspiration to the men of this unit."

Captain Allsopp's commanding officer wrote to his parents: "I have never known a unit medical officer to equal him, nor have I known a braver man."

Source: McDonald, Ian; A School of Their Own; 2000; p. 211-212