Eric was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in Headquarters, “B” Platoon. 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.
Transferred as an Instructor to 1st Commando Training Squadron on 19 Apr 1943, 29th Australian Infantry Training Battalion, 27 Apr 1943 and re-joined the unit in time to embarked with them for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Lance Corporal in No 10 Section, Headquarters Group and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
He transferred to 1st Australian Advanced Ammunition Depot, 13 Feb 1945. Eric was discharged on 16 Nov 1945.