Ronald (Babe) enlisted on 24 Nov 1941 and was a member of the First Reinforcements that arrive at Dili, Timor, aboard “KOOLAMA”, on 22 Jan 1942, prior to the Japanese landing. He joined the unit as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hides” on 11 Dec 1942.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. He transferred to 2/6th Field Company, 7th Division Engineers on 28 Dec 1943 and returned to Australia aboard "TAROONA" on26 Mar 1944. He transferred to Army Intelligence Corps on 3 May 1945, appointed Lance Corporal on 11 Jun 1945 and promoted Corporal on 30 Sept 1945.
He was discharged on 3 Nov 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