Vincent (Paddy) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. After leave he embarked for New Guinea aboard “KATOOMBA” on 27 Aug 1943 and re-joined the unit as a Sapper on 2 Nov 1944. He transferred to 2/6th Field Company Engineers on 28 Dec 1943, then to 2/5th Field Company Engineers on 14 Jan 1944 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 4 Mar 1944. Paddy transferred to 2/12th Infantry Battalion on 22 Jan 1945 and was discharged on 21 Dec 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps