John Bauerle passed away on 28 March at the Cancer Centre Albury after a long struggle with the disease. John began his career with 8/13th as a regimental cadet in 1952 at the age of 15. He did his National Service training at Puckapunyal in 1957 and returned to VMR as a Centurion gunner. He served a further six years attaining the rank of sergeant before his civil employment brought his service to an end.
John maintained a close contact with the regiment and in 1988 joined the museum volunteers, a connection he maintained till two weeks prior to his hospitalisation and subsequent death. His last task was an installation at SS&A Club Albury on 13 February. John took a leading role in the formation of the Albury-Wodonga branch of the National Servicemen’s’ Association serving 15 years as president.
John's funeral is to take place at St David's Church Albury at 2.00 pm Thursday 5 April.