William enlisted on 9 Sept 1941, was posted to 2/40th Battalion and embarked for Timor aboard "KOOLAMA" on 17 Jan 1942. 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, was posted to one of the 2/2nd sections. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
He was posted to 2/12th Battalion on 1 Jul 1943 and embarked for New Guinea aboard "CANBERRA" on 18 Dec 1943 and returned to Australia aboard "VAN DER BOSCH" on 24 May 1944.
He was discharged on 28 Nov 1944.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps