Lancelot enlisted on 18 Jun 1940 and was posted to 2/40th Battalion, was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 Jan 1941, reverted to Private on 1 May 1941 and embarked for Timor on 8 Dec 1941. He joined the 2/2nd on Timor as a Private 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 11 Dec 1942.
He transferred to 22nd Australian Motor Regiment on 15 Mar 1943 and then to 14th Australian Infantry Training Battalion on 13 Nov 1943. He was appointed Paid Lance Corporal 27 Jun 1945 and was discharged on 5 Dec 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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