John (Jack) was a member of the First Reinforcements that arrive at Dili, Timor, aboard M.V. “Koolama”, on 22 Jan 1942, prior to the Japanese landing. He joined the unit as a Private.
He was Mentioned in Despatches for Gallant and Distinguished Service on Timor, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.
After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hides” on 16 Dec 1942. He embarked for New Guinea aboard “KATOOMBA” on 27 Aug 1943 as a Trooper and re joined the unit on 6 Nov 1943. He was Medevac to Australia aboard 2/1st Australian Hospital Ship on 13 Jun 1944. He re joined the unit on 4 Oct 1944 and after leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper. He left the unit on New Britain on 8 Jan 1946 and arrived Sydney on 18 Jan 1946. He was discharged on 11 Jun 1946.
He was entitled to a 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, see below. He is now entitled to an Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp "S.W. Pacific"
Edited by Peter Epps
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