Harry (Mick) enlisted on 13 Dec 1940 and was appointed Acting Lance Corporal on 13 Mar 1941 and promoted Acting Corporal on 16 Apr 1941. He was appointed Lance Sergeant on 22 Sept 1941 and Corporal was confirmed on 8 Dec 1941, he would have been Corporal, Lance Sergeant and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lance Sergeant in No 4 Section, “B” Platoon. He was Wounded in Action (Bad leg Wound) on 2 Mar 1942, took part in the raid on Dili, on night of 15-16 May 1942 and was promoted to Lieutenant on 4 Jul 1942 and took command of No 4 Sect, "B" Platoon.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, for Gallant and Distinguished Service, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.
After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 16 Dec 1942 and re-joined the 2/2nd on 17 Jan 1943.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 4 Section, “B” Troop and returned to Australia by plane 23 Mar 1944 and re-joined the 2/2nd after they returned to Australia in Sept 1944..
After further leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 1 Section, “A” Troop. Harry returned to Australia aboard "TAROONA" on 15 Sept 1945 and was discharged on 14 Nov 1945.
Mick was made a Life Member of the Association in 1982.
Edited by Peter Epps