William enlisted in Citizen Military Force (Reserve) on 5 Feb 1942 and posted to Darwin Details Depot. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 19 Aug 1942 and was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 8 Mar 1943. After training, William joined the unit on 15 May 1943 and embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “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. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 8 Section, “C” Troop.
He left the unit on 8 Oct 1945 and returned to Australia for was discharged on 25 Oct 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He may now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps