Donovan enlisted on 19 May 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Signaller in Signals Section, Headquarters Group.
After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
He was transferred as an Instructor, to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 5 Apr 1943 and returned to the unit just prior to embarking with the unit for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Corporal in Signals Section, Headquarters Group. Don later served with "C" Troop. he was appointed Paid Lance Corporal on 1 Jul 1943 and Corporal on 16 Aug 1943. Don 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 Corporal in Signals Section, Headquarters Group. He returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 16 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 18 Jan 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
Edited by Peter Epps