Arthur embarked for the Middle East with 2/3rd Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, aboard HT L11 on 15 Nov 1940 and served in NORTH AFRICA and CRETE. He was promoted Acting Bombardier on 20 Sept 1941 and confirmed Bombardier on 29 Oct 1941. He returned to Australia aboard "DARBAN CASTLE"? on 17 Mar 1942, appointed Lance Sergeant on 19 Jul 1942 and promoted Acting Sergeant on 21 Aug 1942.
He attended 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 22 Jun 1943 and reverted to Private at his own request on 8 May 1943. He joined the unit on 15 May 1943 and embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and was wounded in action (Chest) on 6 Mar 1944 and was Medevac to Australia aboard "GORGON" on 25 Jun 1944. After recuperating he transferred to 1st Australia Ordnance Small Craft Park on 22 Aug 1944.
Arthur was discharged on 29 Sept 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below
Edited by Peter Epps