Thomas enlisted on 10 Mar 1941 and was posted to 2/13th Australian Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) on 18 Mar 1941. He embarked for the Middle East on 1 Sept 1941 and returned to Australia aboard "EMPIRE SCOTT" on 26 Apr 1942. He transferred to 2/1st Medium Regiment, RAA.
He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943 and joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943, embarking with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in No 5 sect, “B” Troop aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 5 sect, “B” Troop. He returned to Australia on 8 Jan 1946 and was discharged on 29 Jan 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, 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. Due to rule changes he may now be entitled to an Africa Star.
Edited by Peter Epps