On examination at the Hobart Regatta on 26 January 1916, Ronald stated that he was an 18 year old orchardist from Bagdad. He had spent 12 months in the Junior Cadets. He was allotted to the Field Artillery and after some basic training was sent to Victoria for further training and whilst there allotted to the 3 reinforcements for the 25 Howitzer Brigade. On 5 April 1917 he is taken on strength with the 6th Field Artillery Brigade and mustered as a driver. Four days after the signing of the Armistice, he was transferred to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade.
On return to Australia he married and was living and working at New Norfolk when war broke out again. Ronald enlisted again on 9 September 1940 and served until 19 February 1946. His last posting was with the 5 Australian Farm Company. Ronald died on 6 May 1956, aged 59 years.