Thomas was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 1 Section, “A” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
Transferred as an Instructor to 1st Commando Training Squadron on 12 May 1943 and embarked for New Guinea aboard “KATOOMBA” on 22 Nov 1943, to re-join the unit as a Trooper on 28 Nov 1943. He transferred to 2/2nd Dock Operation Company on 4 Aug 1944 and was Medevac to Australia on 20 Sept 1944. After convalescing, he transferred to 6th Australian Base Ordnance Depot on 8 Feb 1945. Thomas was discharged on 14 Jun 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
Edited by Peter Epps