Lionel enlisted in Citizen Military Force (Reserves) on 5 May 1941 and was posted to 6th Cavalry Brigade Company, Australian Army Service Corps, on 12 Aug 1941. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 14 Jul 1942 and posted to 34th Infantry Training Battalion on 27 Aug 1942. He embarked for New Guinea aboard "KATOOMBA" on 17 Feb 1943 and joined the unit on New Guinea as a Private on 25 Jun 1943. He returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 12 Apr 1944 and embarked for New Guinea aboard "ORMISTON" on 2 Jul 1944 and re joined the unit on 8 Jul 1944. On 19 Aug 1944 transferred to 18th Australian War Graves Unit and enplaned for Australia on 22 Sept 1944.
He returned to the unit 30 Sept 1944 and embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper. On 26 Dec 1945, he transferred back to 18th Australian War Graves Unit and returned to Australia on 5 Mar 1946, to be discharged on 8 Mar 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, 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 "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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