Alec enlisted on 29 Sept 1914 and after training served with 7th Heavy Battery, Royal Australian Artillery. He was posted to the unit on 24 Nov 1942
Alec embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 1 Sect, “A” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in the “I” Sect, Headquarters. He left the unit and returned to Australia aboard "DUNTROON" on 4 Feb 1946 and was discharged on 28 Mar 1947.
For his service Alec 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".