Edward was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Corporal in No 5 Section, “B” Platoon.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, for Gallant and Distinguished Service, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.
Promoted to Sergeant on 18 Nov 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Sergeant in Headquarters Group, “B” Troop. He Emplaned at Lae and Deplaned Townsville on 31 May 1944.
Edward re-joined the unit on 26 Nov 1944 and embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Sergeant. He was transferred to 39th Australian Works Company on 13 Jun 1945 and returned to Australia aboard "KANIMBLA" on 4 Oct 1945 for discharge on 6 Nov 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He may now also be entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps