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Foundation Member launches book on his life story!

Barney Greatrex:
From Bomber Command to the French Resistance

The incredible untold World War II story of Australian hero Barney Greatrex –
from Bomber Command to French Resistance fighter.
A school and university cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for RAF Bomber Command in 1941, eager to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. Bombing Germany night after night, Barney's 61 Squadron faced continual enemy fighter attacks and anti-aircraft fire – death or capture by the Nazis loomed large. Very few survived more than 20 missions, and it was on his 20th mission, in 1944, that Barney's luck finally ran out: he was shot down over occupied France.
But his war was far from over. Rescued by the French Resistance, Barney  seized the opportunity to carry on fighting and joined the Maquis in the  liberation of France from the occupying German forces, who rarely took  prisoners.
Later, Barney was awarded the French Legion of Honour, but for 70 years he said almost nothing of his incredible war service – surviving two of the most dangerous battlefronts. Now, aged 97, Barney Greatrex has revealed his truly great Australian war story to acclaimed bestselling author Michael Veitch.
Published by Hachette Australia in October 2017, Trade Paperback RRP $35.00, eBook RRP $16.99


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Geebung Ski Club Limited

will be held on

Monday 26th February 2018

at   6.00pm

at the

Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club

160 Wolseley Road, Point Piper


Drinks and Nibbles will  be provided.  



If you require hard copies by post, please contact the club administrator.

Vale Barney Greatrex - Life Member of Geebung Ski Club

Vale Barnaby Greatrex

Founding member Barney Greatrex passed away on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Barney passed peacefully at Corollary War Vets .

Barney was a life member of the Geebung Club from its inception until his passing. His contributions to the club were infinite and memorable. He particularly contributed many man-hours in the building of both lodges. His contribution to the Committee was invaluable, as the Treasurer, he guided the Club to prosperity from the beginning. With his wife Jenny, they both dedicated a many  a lifetime of experience to the enhancement and social activities of the Club, as well as mentoring some of the present members of the Club and Committee.

Barney was a very popular member and will be sadly missed by many associates.

Barney Greatrex legacy to the Geebung Ski Club will live on for eternity. Our sympathies are with the Slack family, the Mort family, and Barney's brother Anthony, and his family. 

Barney's funeral will be held in the  War Vets Chapel on

Monday 26th at 10am  RSL War Vets  Narrabeen