Ronald enlisted on 9 Mat 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 7 Section, “C” Platoon. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 Mar 1942 and after the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
Ron was injured during training at Canungra and after treatment he embarked aboard "GROGAN" for New Guinea on 6 Dec 1943 and re-joined the unit on 11 Dec 1943 and was appointed Lance Sergeant on 21 Dec 1943 in No 10 Section, Headquarters Group.
Ronald returned to Australia aboard "LEWIS SYCHE" on 1 Mar 1944 and attended Officer Cadet Training Unit Course No 11 20 Mar 1944. He was promoted Lieutenant 8 Jul 1944 and posted as an Instructor to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 18 Nov 1944. He transferred to 2/8th Australian Commando Squadron on27 Dec 1944 and embarked with them aboard "SHAWNEE" for Bougainville on 5 Jan 1945.
He returned to Australia aboard "ORMISTON" on 5 Nov 1945 and was discharged on 27 Nov 1945.
Ronald was made a Life Member of the Association in 1955.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He could now be entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp
Edited by Peter Epps