Reginald was appointed a Lieutenant on 9 Aug 1940, but his Citizen Military Force (Reserves) service papers are not available. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 11 Mar 1941 as a Lieutenant and was posted to 75th Light Aid Detachment' Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (AEME) on 12 Mar 1941. He was promoted Captain on 10 Jun 1941 and embarked with 75th Light Aid Detachment for Timor aboard "KOOLAMA" on 17 Jan 1942. he joined the unit on Timor as a Captain, from 75th Light Aid Detachment, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He embarked at “SUAI” aboard “KURU” on 8 Aug 1942.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, for Gallant and Distinguished Service, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.
Also awarded a Commander in Chief Commendation Card for service in Timor, Authority, Army Order 69/43.
Transferred to “Z” Special Force on 1 Dec 1942 and his service papers state that, from 15 Nov 1942 to 19 Dec 1942, he served outside of Australia, no destination given. On 1 Apr 1943, he transferred to Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and was discharged on 30 Sept 1944.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps