John (Jack) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 6 Section, “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 the following
1st Aust Command Training Sqn at Canungra as an Instructor on 14 Apr 1943.
29th Aust Infantry Training Battalion, 27 Apr 1943.
18th Aust Infantry Training Battalion, 15 Jun 1943.
1st Aust Command Training Sqn, 11 Dec 1943.
2/12th Cavalry Commando Sqn, Borneo, 13 May 1944.
He was discharged from the A.I.F. on 2 Apr 1946 and joined the Australian Army with Service No 52846.
Jack was interviewed by American video journalist Rishi Sharma on February 18, 2020 about his life and WWII experiences. The interview (2 hr 47 min.) can be viewed here:
Edited by Edward Willis
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