Robert (Spriggy) enlisted in Citizens Military Force (Reserve) with Service No W22980 and was posted to 10th Light Horse on 5 Jan 1942. He transferred to 10th Recon Battalion on 31 May 1942 and then 25th Recon Battalion on 16 Jun 1942. He transferred to the AIF and posted to 25th Cavalry Regiment on 27 Aug 1942. He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 1 Mar 1943 and joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 3 Section, “A” Troop and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 3 Section, “A” Troop. He returned to Australia aboard "WESTRALIA" on 13 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 15 Jan 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".
Bob was made a Life Member of the Association in 1963.
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