John enlisted on 16 Jan 1941 and after infantry training he was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 13 Feb 1943.
He joined the unit on 15 May 1943 at Canungra, Qld. After leave and reorganization he embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in No 3 Sect, ”A” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943. He was evacuated to 2/6th Field Ambulance and died of illness at DUMPU, New Guinea, on 31 Dec 1943. He was buried at Dumpu War Cemetery and later re-buried at Lae War Cemetery on 8 Jun 1944.
He is entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.