Gerald enlisted on 17 Sept 1941 and was posted to 7th Bomb Disposal Company on 22 Jun 1942 and transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 25 Feb 1943 and he joined the unit on 27 May 1943.
He embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Sapper in the Engineers Section, Headquarters Group, aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and transferred to 1st Australian Corps on 25 Mar 1944 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 2 May 1944.
He transferred to 2/3rd Commando Squadron on 30 Oct 1944 and re-joined the 2/2nd on 28 Feb 1945. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper. After New Guinea, the Engineers Section, was disbanded and some of the Sappers were dispersed amongst the Troop Sections as needed. Whilst on New Britain he attended Course No 5, Flame Thrower School from 5 Jul to 9 Jul 1945.
He returned to Australia aboard "ORMISTON" on 26 Jul 1945 and transferred to 26th Australian Workshop Company on 19 Sept 1945 and was discharged on 13 Dec 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.