John enlisted on 6 Oct 1941 and was posted to 19th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) on 4 Apr 1942. He transferred to 2/1st Medium Regiment, RAA, on 6 Jun 1942. He transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943 and joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943.
He embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 8 Section, “C” Troop and was medivac to Australia by plane on 1 Jul 1944.
He was discharged on 19 Dec 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.