Sandy was born in Scotts Creek in 1920 and grew up on the family farm. He enjoyed playing local cricket and was earning money catching and selling rabbits that he had caught on the family farm when he enlisted at 20 years of age.
Initially, Sandy was a mechanic at Warradale and then went on to serve in the Australian General Transport Company as a driver.
Sandy arrived in New Guinea in 1943 where he experienced Japanese bombing raids and faced the extremities and challenges of the jungle environment.
Sandy’s story was collected as part of a oral history community project called World War II in Words where South Australian World War Two veterans shared their stories in their own words.
LAE AREA, NEW GUINEA, 1945-08-05. MEMBERS OF HEADQUARTERS AND WORKSHOP PLATOON, 151 GENERAL TRANSPORT COMPANY, PRESENT ARMS. THE MEN ARE ON PARADE DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE UNIT BY BRIGADIER P.S. MCGRATH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SUPPLIES AND TRANSPORT. THE 9 DIVISION LANDED A FEW YARDS FROM THIS SPOT DURING THE ASSAULT AND CAPTURE OF LAE. (Source: AWM)