Ronald enlisted and was posted to 75th Light Aid Detachment on 20 Aug 1941. He joined the unit on Timor as a Lance Corporal from 75th Light Aid Detachment, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He was one of the former Koepang men, who moved to the village of Mape for intensive commando training and on 8 May 1942, they were formed into a new Platoon, “D” Platoon under the command of Lieutenant Turton and later under Lt Doig. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
Ron transferred to 2nd M.T.T.D. (believed to be Motor Transport Training Depot) and became an Instructor. He was promoted to Acting Corporal on 17 Aug 1943 and was discharged on 24 Oct 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps