Ron enlisted on 20 Oct 1939 and posted to 2/3rd Field Artillery Regiment on 3 Nov 1939. He embarked for the Middle East aboard H.T. L II on 15 Nov 1940 and then embarked for Greece aboard "PENNLAND" on 31 Mar 1941. He withdrew to CRETE with his unit and arrived back in North Africa on 3 Jun 1941. He was promoted Acting Bombardier on 20 sept 1941 and confirmed Bombardier on 15 Oct 1941. Returned to Australia aboard "DURBAN CASTLE" on 17 Mar 1943. He reverted to Private at his own request on 8 May 1943 and joined the unit after commando training on 15 May 1943.
He joined the unit at Canungra, Qld and embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in No 4 Section, “B” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
He was discharged on 24 Jan 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Africa 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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