Mervyn 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 Sapper, in the Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942.
He was discharged from the 2nd A.I.F. on 29 Nov 1945.
He rejoined the Aust Army and served in Korea as a Private, Service No 21397, in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps from 20 May 1953 to 31 Oct 1953, with the Australian Ancillary Unit, Korea. Then went on to serve in Malaya and was awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Edited by Peter Epps