Rex (Tex) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group.
He and Sapper Williamson blew the Dili Aerodrome 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 either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Acting Corporal in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group.
He was discharged on 20 Jun 1945.