Douglas was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lance Corporal in No 1 Section, “A” Platoon.
He was given a field commission on 4 Jul 1942 and took over command of No 1 Section. 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 officially promoted to Lieutenant on 24 Dec 1942.
After leave and reorganization he embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 2 Section, “A” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After further leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 8 Section, “C” Troop.
He returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 16 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 7 Feb 1946.
Doug was made a Life Member of the Association in 1987.
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
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