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Dr Lindsay Rogers (1901-1962)

Lindsay Rogers

Born, schooled and trained in Otago, Dr Rogers came to Te Awamutu and went into practice with Dr Hiskens following a brief spell working overseas.

Upon the outbreak of WWII he joined the RAMC and served in North Africa and then, looking for something more interesting, won a posting as medical officer to the Partisan Army in Dalmatia and Croatia under Marshal Tito.

His courage and resourcefulness became noted, and he was compelled to write ‘Guerrilla Surgeon’ to recount his exploits. Dr Rogers was also awarded the Order of Bravery (Yugoslavia) and Order of Honour (Yugoslavia) by Marshal Tito.

He went on to serve in Tibet, Ceylon and Iraq before returning to his Te Awamutu practice.

Dr Rogers was highly involved in community affairs, and also established his farm on Cambridge Road. He met a premature death by drowning while holidaying in New Caledonia. The farm was left to Te Awamutu College and provides valuable financial and practical benefits to the young people of the town.

Lindsay Rogers was inducted into the Te Awamutu Walk of fame in 2007.