When the unit returned from TIMOR, Neal joined the unit in the Northern Territory on 25 Dec 1942. After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard SS “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 8 Section, “C” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
He transferred out of the unit on 3 Apr 1945 and joined Land Headquarters Victoria on 16 Apr 1945. He was promoted Corporal and appointed Lance Sergeant on 26 May 1945. He transferred to 1st Australian Army Detachment on 2 Aug 1945 and embarked for New Guinea with them on 30 Aug 1945. Neil was promoted to Sergeant on 7 Jan 1946 and retuned to Australia for discharged on the 12 May 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