William enlisted on 6 May 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 3 Sect, “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 to 44th Battalion on 4 Jul 1943, was promoted Acting Corporal, 14 Oct 1943 and reverted to Private on 3 Dec 1943.
He transferred to 2/11th Battalion on 5 Jul 1944 and embarked for New Guinea aboard "KATOOMBA" on 5 Nov 1944 and returned to Australia on 30 Nov 1945, transferring to 17th Australian Maintenance Battalion, 17 Dec 1945.
He was discharged on 15 Aug 1946.
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 a clasp
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