Talk of Wells - Bert Wilken

12 Feb 2018
Born and brought up in Little Snoring, Bert was educated at Fakenham Grammar School, where he met Nina Perry, a lovely Wells’ girl he would later marry. Bert graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University. He completed National Service in the Royal Air Force, spending six months on Christmas Island in the Pacific.

He returned to work in Edinburgh, moving from there to Jackson, Mississippi, Southampton New Medical School. From there he went to the Solomon Islands where he spent four years as doctor and surgeon. He then moved to Scunthorpe and Hull before retiring to Wells with Nina ten years ago.

His talk of being the chief doctor, surgeon, nurse and administrator in the hospital in the Solomon Islands for 4 years was a really fascinating one. He learned quickly on the hoof, read American journals about how to do complicated procedures on hair lips and performed nearly 3.5 thousand operations saving the lives of countless members of the islands. He became a real hero to the islanders and they missed him sorely when her returned to England.

This was part of our series of the Talk of Wells to raise funds for the Wells Malting Trust. TheTrust which was set up in 2010 to oversee the regeneration and development of the Maltings, Sackhouse and Granary Theatre in Wells-next-the-Sea and to create an exciting new cultural and community hub for North Norfolk with an exciting and diverse programme of imaginative and distinct entertainment including theatre, music, comedy, cinema and exhibitions and an immersive heritage attraction. It will be North Norfolk’s Premier Arts & Heritage Centre.