Thomas was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 9 Section, “C” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
After leave and reorganization he embarked for New Guinea aboard “TAROONA” on 11 Jul 1943 and re-joined the unit as a Trooper in No 9 Section, “C” Troop. He appointed paid Lance Corporal on 7 May 1944 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
Transferred to 5th Aust Armoured Regiment on 10 Feb 1945 and to “Z” Special Force, 24 Apr 1945. He embarked with "Z" Special for MOROTAI on 21 May 1945 and returned to Australia on 21 Sept 1945.
He was discharged on 11 Mar 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
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