Death Notice Geoffrey Alan Bydder
We have received advice of the death on 13 November 2023 of Geoffrey Alan Bydder. He was 102 years and six months young.
Geoffrey was the last surviving member of the 2nd/8th Field Regiment which served during WWII in Egypt (Mersa Matruh), Syria, Morotai Island (May 1945) and North Borneo. The unit was formed as one of the 9th Division’s field regiments in 1940 and was equipped mainly with 25 Pounders. At the end of the war, the 2nd/8th Field Regiment was disbanded on 30 January 1946.
Gunner Bydder was born in Kew, Victoria and initially joined the RAAF in April 1940 before enlisting in the Army at Royal Park, Melbourne on 4 March 1941 at the age of 20. He discharged on 8 January 1946. Geoff and his wife Normie lived in Seaford, Victoria and was a proud member of the Seaford RSL. Earlier this year (2023) Geoff had received a Commonwealth Certificate of Appreciation from his local MP.
IP Geoffrey Alan Bydder.
Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer