Thomas (Tommy) enlisted on 2 May 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in Headquarters, “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 embarked for New Guinea aboard “KATOOMBA” on 27 Aug 1943 and re-joined the 2/2nd as a Trooper in Transport Section, Headquarters Group on 2 Nov 1943. As the unit had no transport, the Transport Sect was used as another fighting Section. He 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 transferred to "D" Company 67th Australian Infantry Battalion on 6 Dec 1945 and embarked for Moratai aboard Landing Ship Troops 419 on 10 Dec 1945, he then embarked for Japan aboard "TAOS VICTORY" on 15 Feb 1946. He was appointed Paid Lance Corporal on 11 Mar 1946 and reverted to Private on 29 Apr 1946.
Tommy returned to Australia aboard "KANIMBLA" on 5 Jul 1947 and was discharged on 12 Aug 1947.
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 two clasps, for PNG and JAPAN.
Edited by Peter Epps