Ernest enlisted 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 Headquarters Group of “C” Platoon. He was medevac'd for Darwin aboard HMAS “KALGOORLIE” on 17 Sept 1942 as a Private.
After medical treatment Ernest transferred to 51st Australian Water Transport Company on 16 Nov 1943. He was promoted Acting Corporal on 20 Jun 1944 and confirmed Corporal Acting Sergeant on 14 Sept 1944, confirmed Sergeant on 11 Dec 1944. He then transferred to 83rd Australian Water Transport Company on 23 Mar 1945, W.A. Fixed Defence on 19 Dec 1945, 83rd Ausralian Water Transport Company on 3 Jan 1946 and back to W.A. Fixed Defence on 11 Jan 1946.
He was discharged on 20 Feb 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below
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