John enlisted in Citizen Military Force (Reserve) on 19 Apr 1942 and posted to 2nd Australian Motor Transport Regiment on 16 May 1942. He was transferred to 4th Australian Motor Transport Regiment on 13 Jul 1942, which became the 1st Australian Motor Transport Regiment on 25 Jul 1942. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 16 Sept 1942 and embarked for New Guinea aboard “CANBERRA” on 2 Feb 1943, he joined the unit as a Trooper on 25 Jun 1943. He was accidently wounded in the leg, on 5 Nov 1943, but remained on duty. He returned to Australia aboard “KATOOMBA” on 12 Apr 1944. John re-joined the unit on 30 May 1944 and embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper.
He transferred to 29/46th Infantry Battalion on 28 Dec 1945 and returned to Australia aboard “WESTRALIA” on 2 May 1946. He was discharged on 14 Jun 1946.
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 "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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