Biography

Birth date: 28 September 1869
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Melton Mowbray, Hutton Park
Death date: 14 January 1930
Death place: Australia: Tasmania, Melton Mowbray
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
24 - South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Units:
  • 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen

John Bisdee of the 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, was in an eight-man mounted patrol ambushed by the Boers near Warm Bad, Transvaal, on 1 September 1900. Almost all of the party were wounded, including an officer whose horse had bolted. Bisdee put the officer on his own horse and, despite having been wounded himself, ran alongside under fire until he too could mount up and get away.

Bisdee served as a light horse officer in the First World War. By 1918 he was a lieutenant colonel in the ANZAC Provost Corps. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. Bisdee eventually returned to farming in Tasmania, where he died.

Rolls and Awards

Pre First World War Conflicts Nominal Rolls

  • Rank: Trooper
  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Pre First World War Conflicts Nominal Rolls

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 05 October 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Officer of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Honours and Awards : Officer of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A04425

Trooper John Hutton Bisdee VC, being greeted from the train on his arrival home, probably Tasmania, from the South African (Boer) War. He was invalided home after being wounded in action near Warm Bad, Transvaal on 1 September 1900. Bisdee was awarded his Victoria Cross for rescuing a comrade...

A04425

A03685

Portrait of Colonel John Hutton Bisdee VC OBE, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen and Australian Light Horse A Provost Corps, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal. He was a member of an advance scouting party who were fired on by the enemy, killing six of the...

A03685

A03685B

Cropped portrait of Colonel John Hutton Bisdee VC OBE, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen and Australian Light Horse A Provost Corps, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal. He was a member of an advance scouting party who were fired on by the enemy, killing six of...

A03685B

P02939.050

Group portrait of Trooper (Tpr) John Hutton Bisdee VC (third from left with dog) and his family on Tpr Bisdee's return from South Africa. Tpr Bisdee, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, was awarded the Victoria Cross on 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal. He was a member of an advance scouting party...

P02939.050

P02939.051

Group portrait of Trooper (Tpr) John Hutton Bisdee VC (standing seventh from left in uniform with dog) and his family on Tpr Bisdee's return from South Africa. Tpr Bisdee, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, was awarded the Victoria Cross on 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal. He was a member of an...

P02939.051

P02939.052

The Governor of Tasmania presents Trooper (Tpr) John Hutton Bisdee with his Victoria Cross. Tpr Bisdee, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, was awarded the Victoria Cross on 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal. He was a member of an advance scouting party who were fired on by the enemy, killing six...

P02939.052

P08353.008

Group portrait of officers of the 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen. Left to right back row: Lieutenant (Lt) Charles Oscar Blyth, Lt Harry Hallam, Lt Morton Henry Swan, Lt Frederick Royden Chalmers, Lt John Hutton Bisdee, later awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for service in South Africa during the...

P08353.008

Timeline

Date of birth 1869-09-28
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1900-04 Service no 24, Trooper - served with 1 Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen.
Date of embarkation 1900-04-26
Date of honour or award 1900-09-01 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Warm Bad, Transvaal, South Africa whilst serving with 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen as a Trooper.
Date wounded 1900-09-01 During action for which he was awarded Victoria Cross.
Date commissioned 1901-03 Lieutenant.
Other units 1901-03-01 - 1902-05-03 No 1 Company, 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen.
Other units 1915 12 Light Horse Regiment.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-07-26
Date of embarkation 1915-10-05
Other units 1915-11-01 - 1915-12-01 Australian Composite Regiment, operating against the Senussi.
Other units 1916-03 Seconded as Assistant Provost Marshal, AIF Headquarters.
Date promoted 1916-09 Major.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Other units 1917 12 Light Horse Regiment.
Other units 1918-01 Assistant Provost Marshal (Egypt) Anzac Provost Corps.
Date promoted 1918-06 Lieutenant Colonel.
Date of honour or award 1919-06 OBE.
Date of discharge 1920-05
Date of death 1930-01-14