Ernest was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 9 sect, “C” Platoon. Promoted to Lance Corporal while on Timor. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
Transferred to 1st Commando Training Squadron as an Instructor on 20 May 1943 and promoted Corporal on 16 Jun 1943.
He was discharged on 18 Feb 1944.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps