Rex (Tex) enlisted on 15 May 1941, appointed Lance Corporal on 4 Oct 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. He and Sapper Williamson blew the Dili Aerodrome as part of the No 2 Sect defence, in the initial assault by the Japanese on 19/20 Feb 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942.
Tex was promoted Corporal on 10 Apr 1943, and after leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as Corporal in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. He was medevac'd to Australia aboard 2/1st Australian Hospital Ship on 14 Jun 1944 and was discharged on 20 Jun 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps