Background : Husband of Elsie Maud Persson. He put his age as 14/01/1902 in order to be allowed to enlist.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. Fair hair. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 7 inches, blue eyes, medium complexion, grey hair. Marks / scars : girl tattoo inner right forearm; lifebuoy, sailing ship & flags tattoos inner left forearm; scar inner side left leg; birthmark behind right thigh; scars on knees. Full time war service : A.I.F. 07/05/1941 to 01/11/1942 which included 544 days active service (119 days within Australia & 425 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East area (embarked from Australia 03/09/1941, disembarked in Australia 17/07/1942. Discharge certificate no. 29243.
07/05/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
10/05/1941 Granted leave without pay 10/05/1941 to 17/05/1941.
17/05/1941 Rejoined unit from leave without pay.
21/05/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria to Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
22/05/1941 Taken on strength Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
23/06/1941 Transferred from Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria to Pioneer Wing Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/07/1941 Transferred from Pioneer Wing Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
03/09/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.T. GG. as reinforcements.
23/09/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
08/11/1941 Detached for special duty to Headquarters Australian Imperial Force (Middle East) from Pioneer Training Battalion.
12/01/1942 Graded A/Gp III specialist with Tug and Lighter Company Australia (see Australian War Memorial about this unit).
11/03/1942 Rejoined Pioneer Training Battalion.
18/03/1942 Detached for special duty.
17/07/1942 Disembarked Sydney, New South Wales on Clan Macauley.
17/07/1942 Marched into General Details Depot New South Wales Lines of Communication area.
14/08/1942 Marched into General Details Depot Sydney, New South Wales ex 12 Australian Convalescent Hospital.
15/08/1942 Marched out to Details Depot.
03/09/1942 Marched into General Details Depot Sydney, New South Wales ex 103 Australian Convalescent Depot Sydney, New South Wales as unfit.
18/09/1942 Marched out to General Details Depot, Victoria for discharge.
01/11/1942 Discharged Caulfield, Victoria.