John enlisted on 11 Jun 1941 and was posted to 2/11th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE). He embarked for Timor on 8 Dec 1941 and joined the 2/2nd on Timor as a Sapper from 2/11th Field Company, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He was medevac'd to Australia on 27 Sept 1942.
After medical treatment he was appointed Acting Corporal on 1 Apr 1943 and posted to RAE Training Centre on 27 Nov 1943. He was promoted Acting Sergeant on 27 Nov 1943, Acting Warrant Officer Class II (WO II) on 14 Aug 1944 and WO II confirmed on 10 Jan 1945.
He was discharged on 18 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