Allan Guy


Allan Guy aged 19.Allan Guy aged 19.

Allan Guy standing in front of war memorial. Allan Guy standing in front of war memorial.

Allan Guy and Peter Edmanson. Allan Guy and Peter Edmanson. (Webmaster - I think it is Allan Guy on the right.)

Allan was born in St. Kilda, Victoria on March 8th 1921 but he was living in Brisbane, Queensland at the time of his enlistment with the 2nd A.I.F. at Kelvin Grove, Qld on June 27th 1940. Aged 19 years and 3 months, Allan had originally put his name down for the Navy when war broke out, but they were slow calling up the volunteers as equipment was in short supply early in the war.

The Draft was sent to Fort Lytton Camp, outside Brisbane, where Allan was trained as a Signaller and he also took a Physical Instructor’s course there. He was later sent to an Artillery Camp at Geelong in Victoria before joining the 2nd 8th Field Regiment as a reinforcement at Puckapunyal.

Allan was amongst the “originals” to sail for the Middle East aboard H.M.T. “Strathmore” from Port Melbourne on November 16th 1940, training first in Palestine until the Regiment moved out to Sidi Barrani in Egypt in April 1941. In October 1941, they returned to Palestine to replace the 7th Division which had been returned to Australia. The Regiment spent nine months in Syria before returning to Egypt in June 1942 for the eventual Battle of El Alamein.

Returning home to Australia in January 1943, Allan joined the Regiment on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland for 15 months of jungle and landing craft training, before being sent to North Borneo with the 9th Division until V.P. Day.

Allan’s special mate in the Army, and for life, was Peter Edmanson, also of the 2nd 8th.

Daughter, Beverley, can remember her Dad telling her mother, Bobbie “You’re lucky I was in the Army because I’ll eat anything” !!! That would surely have made Bobbie’s day...........!!!
He also used to say that he would have done anything for a COLD BEER in the Desert !

Allan spent his years in Queensland after the war and he passed away on May 6th 2010 after losing wife, Bobbie, in 2000.

(Thanks to Allan Guy's daughter Beverley Kiewier for contributing the images and text in 2013.)