Eric was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as the Platoon Sergeant in “A” Platoon. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 4 Jul 1942 and was Intelligence Officer, Sparrow Force. 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.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Lieutenant and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
He transferred to 2/7th Commando on 1 Nov 1944 and re-joined the unit on 26 Feb 1945. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding, No 4 Section, “B” Troop.
He was discharged on 7 Mar 1946.