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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Trooper
  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 05 October 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Awarded: Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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