John was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 9 Sect, “C” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate.
After leave and reorganization he embarked with the unit as a Lance Corporal in No 9 Sect, “C” Troop for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them.
John was Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette, 8 March 1945, Commonwealth Gazette, No 54, 15 March 1945, for Distinguished Service in the South West Pacific
Promoted Acting Corporal on 30 Jan 1945 & Corporal on 30 Apr 1945.
After further leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit, once again as a Corporal in No 9 Sect, “C” Troop.
He was discharged on 19 Mar 1946.
He served for many years on the Association Committee & was made a Life Member of the Association in 1958.
He was awarded
Centenary Medal 1 Jan 2001
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 11 Jun 2001
Edited by Peter Epps