Remained onboard HMT Aquatania at Java & returned to Australia sick. Admitted to 110 (P) MH on 25/1/1942 and discharged to unit on 31/4/1942. Soldier went on to serve at Wewak, Lae and Aitape with rank of A/Sgt. from 28/8/1943.
Soldier was Mentioned in Despatches whilst serving with 43rd Water Transport Company.
There was an explosion on a landing barge which caused a fire to break out. Acting Sergeant McGrath exposed himself to the flames and rescued an unconscious soldier.