Lt.-Col. John Hutton Bisdee, VC, OBE

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John Hutton Bisdee

Birthplace: [object Object], TAS, Australia
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bisdee and Ellen Bisdee
Husband of Georgiana Theodosia Bisdee

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Lt.-Col. John Hutton Bisdee, VC, OBE

Enlisted in the ranks of the1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen in the South African War (VC); served in World War I (OBE), &c.


John Hutton Bisdee VC, OBE (28 September 1869 – 14 January 1930) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early life

John Hutton Bisdee was born on 28 September 1869 at Hutton Park, Melton Mowbray, Tasmania.

Military service

When Bisdee was 30 years old, and a Trooper in the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, Australian Imperial Force during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal, South Africa, Trooper Bisdee was one of an advance scouting party passing through a narrow gorge, when the enemy suddenly opened fire at close range and six out of the party of eight were wounded, including two officers. The horse of one of the wounded officers bolted and Trooper Bisdee dismounted, put him on his own horse and took him out of range of the very heavy fire.

Bisdee later served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the First World War, where he was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, as well as being Mentioned in Despatches.

Later life


In 1904 he married Georgiana Thodosia Hale who was the daughter of Bishop Matthew Blagden Hale.

He died on 14 January 1930 and was buried in the St James Churchyard, Jericho, Tasmania. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

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Lt.-Col. John Hutton Bisdee, VC, OBE's Timeline

September 28, 1869
[object Object], TAS, Australia
January 14, 1930
Age 60