Douglas enlisted in to the Citizens Military Forces (Reserves) with Service No N26340, date unknown, and serviced with 1st Division, Australian Army Service Corps (AASC) as a Lieutenant. He enlisted in the A.I.F. on 29 Jul 1941, claiming 3 years prior service in the reserves and was posted to AASC Sparrow Force. He embarked for Timor on 8 Dec 1941 and joined the 2/2nd on Timor as a Lieutenant from AASC Sparrow Force, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He embarked at “SUAI” for Darwin aboard the “KURU” on 25 Jul 1942 as a Lieutenant.
He Transferred as an Instructor to 2nd AASC Training Depot on 22 Dec 1942, then 1st AASC Training Depot on 24 May 1943. Transferred to 146th Australian General Transport Company on 28 Jun 1944, was promoted Captain on 17 Jan 1945 and posted as Officer Commanding, 2/4th Australian Motor Ambulance Convoy Platoon on 1 Feb 1945. He embarked with them for New Guinea aboard "MILLEN GRIFFITH" on 27 May 1945, then for Morotai aboard "C H MATSON" on 9 Jun 1945 and embarked for Balikpapan aboard Landing Ship Troops (LST) 18 on 7 Jul 1945. He returned by plane to Australia on 2 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 18 Dec 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 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
Edited by Peter Epps