William enlisted on 29 Apr 1941 and was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 4 Sect, “B” Platoon. He was a member of the group that took part in the “DILI RAID” carried out by No 4 Sect on the night of May 15/16, 1942. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 Sept 1942.
After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, 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.
He was appointed Paid Lance Corporal on 1 Jul 1943.
After leave and reorganization he embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Lance Corporal in No 4 Sect, “B” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943.
William was killed in action on 27 Aug 1943 at FAITA, New Guinea and was buried at LAE War Cemetery Plot F Row B Grave 1.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
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