History of the Association and about this website.


The 2/8th Australian Field Regiment Association began in 1945.

"On 15th June 1945 an ex-members Association (Victorian Branch) was formed.

A "Smoke Night", the first Reunion, was held on 9th November 1945 in the dining hall at Michaelis Hallenstein Pty. Ltd. and 80 members were present.

The Association became affiliated with R.A.A. Ass. (Royal Aust. Artillery), and the first year's Subscription was paid from money donated by the Womens' Aux. This was a Committee of wives and mothers who, during the War years, raised funds for extras to be sent overseas to 2/8th. Fld. Regt. members.

The Regiment marched to the Shrine, for the first time, on Anzac Day 1946 and a Reunion was held on the 26th. at the Commercial Rd. Drill Hall. 250 attended."

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Updates to this website

2021 Mar 22 - Press Packs available from About page; consist of text on the 2nd 8th Field Regiment Association and a compressed file containing photographs and text on Geoff Bydder.

2021 Mar 21 - New profile for Lt Col Tinsley.

2021 Feb 24 - Changes to History page; amended Over Goes the Evening Hate.

2021 Feb 21 - Changes to History page; added books The Last of the (old) Queen's Men, Over Goes the Evening Hate. Total 2 images.

2019 Apr 24 - Changes to Contact page; photo moved to Gallery; Added to Gallery : Formation sign of B Troop; Changing the Guard silver tray; Ten Year Presentation Plaque. Total 5 images.

2019 Apr 20 - Identification of 2 men in photo of HMT Strathmore. Improved caption to photo J'daide Camp, Lebanon 1942.

2019 Apr 19 - Identification of man in WW2 to 1959 photo; update to Contact page; 12 images added to Assoc 2010-present pages. Total 12 images.

2017 Apr 24 - Hobart Reunion 1995 photo added to Assoc pages; photo of John Leslie Steer added to page Middle East. Two photos at Shrine 2001; 3 images at Creswick 2002; added to Assoc pages. Total 7 images.

2016 Jul 22 - New profile for John Bravo with 2 images plus link photo.

2016 Jun 24 - Caption to photo 'Anzac Day March in Launceston 1978' corrected. Four 2016 photos added to Assoc pages.

2016 Apr 21 - Profile of Edmanson updated with obituary; Anzac Day March, Launceston 1978 in Assoc pages; Commanding Officer Lt/Col. Crisp new profile and photo on page Men and page Officers; Anzac Day March, Melbourne, 1996 or earlier added to Assoc pages; B Troop after El Alamein in Middle East history; 16 Bty in 9th Div march Melbourne 31 March 1943. Two photos.

2016 Apr 14 - Vale updated as at March 2016.

2015 Mar 23 - Contact page updated.

2015 Feb 08 - New profile for Gordon Gabriel with 2 photos plus 3 images; Group photo of 20 officers of the Regiment, see Queensland history page. Total of 7 images added.

2015 Feb 07 - Revised profile for Bill Sheehan. Unknown in photo now identified; new page for the Association for the years 2010 to the present. Link on this About page.

2014 Apr 22 - Revised profile for Ken Roberts, new image; revised profile for Alexander Hansen, extensive text and a diary; revised profile for Ron Ware; new profile for Peter Edmanson with 4 images plus link photo.

2014 Apr 08 - Revised profile for Alick Hope with 1 photo plus link photo, extensively revised text; revised profile for Ken Lang being a PDF file.

2014 Apr 07 - New profile for Frank Arnott with 5 photos plus link photo; new profile for Aub Gibson with 3 photos plus link photo; profile update to Ken Roberts; new profile for Allan Guy with 3 photos plus link photo; new profile for Keith McManus with 3 photos plus link photo. Total of 18 images added.

2014 Apr 04 - New profile for William Edward Sheehan in the Roll of Honour with 2 photos.

2013 Apr 18 - Downloadable article now provided for the new publication listed yesterday on the History page.

2013 Apr 17 - New profile for GW Trewin - 2 images added; new profile for J Ryan - 2 images added; In Pre-Embarkation added 1 graphic - C Troop 15th Bty 1940; mention of another publication on the History page; Total of 5 images added; 11 on the Roll of Honour now have profiles.

2013 Apr 16 - Profile update to Les Dutton. Added captions to images in slideshow; New profile for Jim Anderson - added 1 image to men index and 30 images to Profile; Total of 31 images added.

2013 Apr 15 - New profile for Ken Roberts - 2 images added; Profile update to Ken Plenderleith - added 1 image to men index and 1 image to Profile; new Profile for RA Norris with 1 image to Profile; Total of 5 images added.

2013 Apr 14 - Association pages via the About page. Added 3 reunion photos for period WW2 - 1959.

2013 Apr 13 - Link to 2/24 AIF Battalion Association Inc; Profile for C.P. Browne has 3 new images.

2013 Apr 12 - Link to Laurence John Dibble updated.

2013 Apr 11 - Updated Vale.

2012 Apr 24 - Profile update to Arthur Turner.

2012 Apr 01 - Profile update to Arthur Turner.

2012 Mar 12 - New profile for Arthur Turner. Total of 2 images added.

2012 Mar 11 - New profile for Les Dutton. Includes slideshow of 31 photos. Sub total 33 graphics. Group photo taken in Melbourne after Middle East showing about 130 men, added to History Queensland page. Sub total 3 graphics. Profile update to CP Browne - text added. Total of 36 images added.

2012 Feb 18 - Updated Vale.

2011 Mar 31 - New profiles for Fred Fairthorne, Peter Vanderkelen. Link to Laurence John Dibble. Change to Vale. In Pre-Embarkation added 4 graphics including - Don Troop 16th Bty Hobart 1940, Don Troop 16th Bty Launceston Oct 1940. In History Middle East added 1 graphic - HQ 15th Bty. Minor change to profile Ron Ware. Total of 17 images added.

2010 Apr 21 - History Queensland page fixed to work with Firefox browser.

2010 Apr 19 - Tom Wilson moved to Roll of Honour and some details changed. Frank Hudson moved to Roll of Honour. Profile update to Ron Ware, Geoff Harris. A few typos corrected.

2010 Mar 05 - New profiles for John Checken, Arthur Hope, Alick Hope, Jack Bynon, Lewis Day, Robert King, Les Harrison, Max Williams, Lew Croome, Bill Lord. Profile update to HAJ Kestles. Roll of Honour entry for Byron removed. A few tweaks. 7 images added.

2010 Mar 03 - Profile updates to Tom Crisp, Tom Wilson. Profile update to Ron Ware. 3 images added.

2010 Feb 25 - Profile update to Ron Ware. 13 images added.

2010 Feb 24 - Links updated. Association 2000 - Present added images for Anzac Day 2009. 14 images added.

2010 Feb 23 - Photo of 16th Bty on Pre-Embarkation page. New profiles for Ron J Ware, HAJ Kestles, Frank Hudson, Tom Wilson, Tom Crisp. Profile update to Robert P Davey. HAJ Kestles moved from Men to Roll of Honour. 6 images added.

2010 Feb 22 - Colour patch modified on advice of Consultant Ron Philpot. Links page. New profiles for Jim Pearce, William Trewarne. Profile update to Chief Garrard. 7 images added.

2009 Apr 23 - site updated. New profiles for Bob Davey, Bob Douglas, Chief Garrard, Jack Plenderleith, Walter Pretty, Jack Quilky, Jack Wilson. Profile updates to Mick Bailey, Ken Plenderleith. Update to unit history; Gimme The Guns; Boots and All. Update to Gallery.

2009 Mar 08 - site launched. 24 profiles; total images 209; 109 officer individual photo images; 14 men individual photo images.