Bernard enlisted on 25 May 1936 in the Citizens Military Force (Reserves) with Service No 427855 and served with 60 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery and was discharged on 24 Mar 1939. He enlisted in the A.I.F. 8 Nov 1939 and was posted to 2/1st Infantry Battalion. He embarked for the Middle East on 10 Jan 1940 and then embarked for Greece on 16 Mar 1941. He returned to Middle East in May 1941. He returned to Australia aboard "DEVONSHIRE" on 7 Aug 1942.
He was promoted Acting Corporal on 28 Dec 1942 and was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 15 Feb 1943 and joined 2/2nd on 15 May 1943. He reverted to Trooper at own request, same day.
Bernard embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper. He returned to Australia aboard "TAROONA" on 15 Oct 1945 and was discharged on 19 Oct 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp. All Australian Troops serving in Greece are entitled to a 1940-41 Greek War Medal.
Edited by Peter Epps