Eric enlisted in Citizens Military Forces (Reserves( on 13 Jul 1940 with Service No W736 and posted to 10th Light Horse Regiment. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 21 May 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 3 Section, “A” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
He transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 11 May 1943 and embarked for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 27 Aug 1943 and re-joined the 2/2nd on 2 Nov 1943, as a Trooper No 8 Section, “C” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
Eric transferred to 2/1st Movement and Transport Group on 7 Apr 1945 and embarked for Torokina, Bougainville, aboard “TAROONA” on 22 Apr 1945. He transferred to 15th Field Company on 27 Nov 1945 and 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
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