Les enlisted on 8 Aug 1940 into the Citizen Military Forces (Reserve) with Service No N12782 and was posted to 1st Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 31 Oct 1940 and Acting Corporal on 30 Jun 1941. He reverted to the rank of Sapper on 24 Jul 1942 and transferred to the A.I.F. on 29 Jul 1942 and was posted to Headquarters, Royal Australian Engineers, MILNE FORCE on 8 Aug 1942. He embarked for MILNE BAY, New Guinea on 12 Aug 1942 and transferred to 24th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers on 19 sept 1942, he was detached to "A" Company, 2/1st Pioneer Battalion on3 Jan 1943. He re-joined the 24th Field Company on 22 Apr 1943 and detached to 15th Australian Field Company from 16 May -28 may 1943. He transferred to the Unit on New Guinea on 25 Jun 1943 as a Sapper in the Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. He was Medevac to Australia aboard “KATOOMBA” on 27 Feb 1944. After medical treatment, he embarked for New Guinea aboard "TAROONA" on 19 Jun 1944 and re-joined the unit on 25 Jun 1944. He returned to Australia with them aboard TAROONA” on 8 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in the Maintenance Section, Headquarters Group. He was appointed paid Lance Corporal on 29 Aug 1945 and transferred to 29/46th Infantry Battalion on 27 Dec 1945. He returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 29 Jan 1946 and was discharged on 21 Mar 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