Donovan was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. 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 either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate.
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 S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Corporal in Signals Section, Headquarters Group.
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 was discharged on18 Jan 1946.