Wilfred enlisted in the Citizens Military Force (Reserve) with Service No W4139 on 27 Dec 1941 and attended a 90 day camp at Guildford. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 29 Apr 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942.
After medical treatment, he embarked for New Guinea aboard "KATOOMBA" on 24 Aug 1943 and re-joined the 2/2nd as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. Wilf was medevac'd aboard 2/1st Australian Hospital Ship on 11 Jan 1944 and admitted to 110th Military Hospital on 8 Mar 1944 and was discharged on 15 May 1944.
He was made a Life Member of the Association in 1989.
For his service he received the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45.
Edited by Peter Epps