It is with great sadness that the Hong Kong Volunteer and ex-PoW Association of NSW has learnt of the passing of our Patron and former Chairman, Col Solomon M Bard (Solly), overnight on Friday, November 7, 2014.
Solly passed away peacefully in his sleep, after a long illness. It is poignant to note that Solly's passing coincided with the gathering in Hong Kong of all the overseas branches and sister associations of the RHKR The Volunteers Association to mark the 160th anniversary of the foundation of the Regiment.
Solly will be remembered by our Association with enormous affection and respect. His own fondness for the Association was demonstrated by his participation every year in the ANZAC Day march, his most recent attendance being in 2013, at the age of 97. Photos of this event appear in the Galleries section of this website.
In the words of our Chairman, Patrick Cheung, "Solly will be very much missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him".
A private funeral will be held for Col Bard on Monday, November 17, 2014, in Sydney.
Members will be informed at a later date of a memorial service to remember and honour Solly in his capacity as Colonel of the Regiment.