James was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lance Sergeant in the Engineer Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942.
After the unit arrived back in Australia, he was transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron to be an Instructor, on 12 Apr 1943. Then transferred to 29th Australian Infantry Battalion as an Instructor, on 27 Apr 1943 and then back to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 24 Aug 1943.
James re-joined the Unit as a Sergeant in the Engineers Platoon, on New Guinea, on 23 Mar 1944, then transferred to 12th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers on 8 Oct 1944.
He was discharged on 25 Oct 1945.
Edited by Peter Epps