Robert joined the Aust Military Forces (Militia) 15 Dec 1941 to 20 Jul 1942, then he enlisted into the AIF 21 Jul 1942.
After training at 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron, Robert joined the unit on 15 May 1943 and after leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 9 Section, “C” Troop. Robert was Medevac to Australia aboard 2/1st Hospital ship on 24 Jun 1944. He re-joined the unit in Queensland on 20 Sept 1944.
After further leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 9 Section, “C” Troop. On 26 Dec 1945, he transferred to 53rd Port Craft Company, then to 56th Port Landing Craft Company on 28 Jan 1946.
He returned to Australia aboard "DUNTROON" on 1 Mar 1946 and was discharged 19 Jun 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 "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps