Thomas (Tom) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 4 Section, “B” Platoon.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, for Gallant and Distinguished Service, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.
Tom was Wounded in Action on Timor.
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 for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Captain, Officer Commanding “B” Troop.
He transferred to 2/7th Commando Squadron on 26 May 1944.
As a Temporary Major, he served as Commanding Officer of 2/9th Commando Squadron in New Guinea, 12 Jan 1945.
Tom was discharged on 18 Jan 1946.
He served post WW2 in the Citizens Military Force 1948-1970 and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration.
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