Albert (Jack) enlisted on and posted to 2/40th Battalion on 1 Jul 1940. He was promoted to Acting Orderly Room Sergeant on the same date. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 1 Jan 1941 and joined the unit on Timor as a Staff Sergeant from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. Late in Mar 1942, he was part of Lt Doig's No 13 Section, comprising men, from the Koepang end of Timor, that were stationed at Maliana to patrol the boarder area. He later became part of "H" Force, 2 Officers and eleven other ranks, which, in Jul 1942, was detailed to patrol the east end of Timor and protect the Northern Flank of the unit from a surprize attack from the Japanese and also to procure supplies from this productive area.
After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hides” on 16 Dec 1942.
He was discharged on 18 Jun 1944.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below
Edited by Peter Epps