Ivan enlisted on 3 May 1941 and was posted to 2/40th Battalion on 1 Jun 1941. He was appointed Acting Corporal on 1 Sept 1941 and joined the unit on Timor as a Corporal 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 16 Dec 1942. Ivan left the unit on 4 Mar 1943 and joined the 1st Lines of Communication Provost Company on 13 Mar 1943. His rank of Corporal was confirmed on 7 Apr 1945 and he was discharged on 15 Nov 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