Christopher was a Corporal in the Citizens Military Forces (Reserves) when he enlisted in the A.I.F. on 29 May 1940 and posted to 2/40th Battalion. He was promoted to Acting Corporal on 8 Jul 1940 and Sergeant on 22 Nov 1940 and embarked for Timor on 8 Dec 1941 and joined the 2/2nd on Timor as a Sergeant from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He was one of the former Koepang men, who moved to the village of Mape for intensive commando training and on 8 May 1942, they were formed into a new Platoon, “D” Platoon under the command of Lieutenant Turton and later under Lt Doig. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
Like all the men who served on Timor he suffered numerous medical episodes. He was posted to Head Quarters, Tasmania Lines of Communication on 5 Aug 1943 and was discharged on 7 Feb 1945.
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
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