Lester enlisted in the Citizens Military Forces (Reserves) with Service Number 423432 on 1 Apr 1935 and posted to 2nd Division Signals, he was discharges on21 Aug 1939. He enlisted in the A.I.F. on 11 Mar 1941 and was posted to 2/1st Fortress Signals as a Signalman on 10 Jul 1941. He embarked for Timor on 8 Dec 1941 and joined the 2/2nd on Timor as a Signaller from 2/1st Fortress Signals, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He was medevac'd to Australia on 17 Aug 1942.
He transferred to No 2 Regimental Signals Training Unit on 15 Nov 1942 and was discharged on 29 Mar 1943.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps