David Watt's story
David Watt was working in a menswear store in Warwick, Queensland, when he decided to volunteer for service in World War II.
David enlisted on 27 May 1942, and served with the 2/26th Australian Infantry Battalion.
David fought at Bougainville and later recalled the difficulty of firing mortars in the jungle, as well as the unsettling feeling of being shelled by enemy artillery. He remembered, too, the impregnability of some of the Japanese positions against allied air attack.
He attained the rank of sergeant and was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in June 1946.