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October 1966 to October 1967

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Robert Stanley BYFIELD (Deceased)

Official No: R95715 Aged: 16 years 2 months Joined: 8th October 1966
Division: Marks Home Port: Sydney Discharged: 9th March 1967



Postings: Leeuwin
Notes: Medical discharge
Current Occupation: Owner - Resort Property
Died 09/02/2013 - Bob lost his battle with leukaemia.

Rest in Peace ..... LEST WE FORGET

1966 today

Since I was medically discharged “as nothing can be done”, and was treated by a bush GP who had me right in 18 months, I have had a great and varied life.

I was fortunate that once I recovered from my RAN trauma that I received the best advice I could ever have been given, “get a degree”. That I did, twice.

I then decided to make manufacturing processes my speciality and have travelled extensively throughout China, The Philippines, Europe, America and Africa utilising my expertise.

I eventually accepted a position in Christchurch some 12 years ago and decided to settle for once and for all.

That only lasted a few years before I was sent to South Africa as the Managing Director for a rugby clothing brand.   My stint there lasted some 5 years before I decided that I had had enough of the stress and traumas associated with the job.

I returned to Christchurch a year ago where I decided to take life a lot easier and have a quality life.

I married in ’73 and divorced in ’83 to a great lady who is still my best friend. We didn’t have kids and neither of us re-married.

This short summary is only a quick over view of the great life and times I have had (and a lot to more to come I hope), for to write it all would fill volumes.

At 54 I am wonderfully happy and have lived my life to the full with no regrets.


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