John enlisted on 4 Jul 1940 and was posted to 2/11th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) and promoted Acting Corporal on 19 Aug 1940. His rank of Corporal was confirmed on 15 Dec 1941. He joined the unit on Timor from 2/11 Field Company, RAE as a Corporal after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He embarked at “BETANO” for Darwin aboard “KURU” on 2 Sep 1942 as a Sergeant.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, 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. He was also awarded a Commander in Chief Commendation Card vide Army Order 69, 13 Jul 1943.
He transferred to 3rd Australian Maintenance Platoon, RAE on 5 May 1943, to 21st Australian Maintenance Platoon, RAE on 30 May 1943. He was promoted to Acting Warrant Officer Class II on 1 Jun 1943 and on 5 Jul a correction rank to be Lance Sergeant, but another notation Acting Warrant Officer Class II on 1 Jun 1943 . He transferred to 1st RAE Training Centre on 21 Nov 1943 then to 21st Mechanical Equipment Park, RAE, on 25 Nov 1944. he transferred to 4th Australian Army Troops, RAE on 19 Dec 1944
He served in numerous postings throughout Australia and was discharged on 13 Apr 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