John enlisted on 30 Sept 1941 into the Citizen Military Force (Reserve) and was a medical practitioner prior to enlisting. He was promoted Captain on 11 Feb 1942 and transferred to the A.I.F. on 15 Feb 1942, he was posted to 2/14th Field Ambulance on 16 Feb 1942. On 22 Sept 1942 he was posted to 3rd Independent Company, then on 1 Dec 1942 was posted to 2/4th Australian Pioneer Battalion. He was posted as the R.M.O. (Regimental Medical Officer) Headquarters Command, Australian Army Service Corps, Northern Territory Force on 12 Jan 1943. He was attached to 2/8th Independent Company on 15 Feb 1943 and posted to the 2/2nd as R.M.O. on 13 May 1943 and embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as the Medical Officer, Headquarters Group and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. On 6 Nov 1944, he was posted as R.M.O. to 1st Australian Parachute Battalion, he qualified for parachute pay on 8 Jan 1945 and posted to 1st Australian Parachute Battalion on 21 Feb 1945. He was discharged on 15 May 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps