Herbert (Bert) enlisted on 4 Jan 1942 and was posted to 24th Battalion on 11 May 1942. He was posted to the Guerrilla Warfare Centre at Foster, Vict on 14 Oct 1942 and was transferred to 2/5th Independent Company and embarked for New Guinea as a Trooper in with them aboard “TAROONA” on 8 Dec 1942. He served with 2/5th until transferring to the 2/2nd as a Trooper in Headquarters Section, “B” Troop on 1 Jul 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After spending some time in hospital, he embarked for New Britain aboard “DUNTROON” on 2 May 1945 and re-joined the unit on 30 Jan 1945 as a Trooper.
He attended an Army School of Education from 6 Aug – 5 Sept 1945 and qualified. He was promoted to Acting Sergeant on 28 Oct 1945 and Sergeant on 7 Jan 1946.
Bert left the unit on 8 Jan 1946 and returned to Australia aboard “SALAMAUA” on 18 Jan 1946 and was discharged on 4 Feb 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp .
Edited by Peter Epps