William was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. 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.
After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate.
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.
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 Jun 1943 at FAITA, New Guinea.