Hugh was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in Headquarters of "B" Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
He transferred to 2/16th Infantry Battalion on 6 Jul 1943 and embarked with them for New Guinea aboard “VAN DER LYN” on 6 Aug 1943. After serving on New Guinea, he embarked with the 2/16th for Australia aboard “CANBERRA” 15 Feb 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the 2/16th for MOROTAI aboard “GENERAL ANDERSON” on 2 Jun 1945 and then embarked for BALIKPAPAN aboard “MANOORA” on 21 Jun 1945.
Hugh was Medevac to Australia aboard “MANUNDA” on 17 Nov 1945 and was discharged on 25 Feb 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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