Thomas was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 4 Sect, “B” 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.
He joined the unit at BULULO in New Guinea 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.
He was discharged on 18 Mar 1946.
Thomas also served as 51995 Corporal with 1st Battalion, Royal Aust Regiment, in Korea, 7 Apr 1953 to 24 Mar 1953.
For his service Thomas was awarded a 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Australian Service Medal 1939-45, British Korea Medal and an UN Korea Medal.
Edited by Peter Epps