John enlisted in Citizen Military Force (Reserve) on 21 Aug 1940 and was posted to 29th Infantry Battalion on 23 Jan 1941. He was promoted Acting Corporal on 8 Sept 1941 and transferred to the A.I.F. on 23 Jul 1942. He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 25 Feb 1943, reverted to Private at own request on 6 May 1943 and joined the unit on 15 May 1943.
He embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 3 Section, “A” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. Appointed paid Lance Corporal on 25 Jan 1945 and after leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Lance Corporal in No 3 Section, “A” Troop and promoted Acting Corporal on 28 Apr 1945. Rank of Corporal confirmed on 28 Jul 1945. He left the unit on 7 Dec 1945 and returned to Australia on 13 Dec 1945.
He was discharged on 20 Dec 1945.
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 "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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