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Headquarters: a brief outline of the activities of headquarters of the third division and the 8th and 14th Brigades during their service in the Pacific

British Empire Medal — Sergeant A. T. Blampied, BEM

British Empire Medal
Sergeant A. T. Blampied, BEM

Sergeant Blampied was born in New Zealand in 1919, and in civilian life was employed by the Post and Telegraph Department page 267as a linesman. He served with the New Zealand territorial forces as a member of the Corps of Signals in Burnham from October 1940 until transferring to the overseas forces as a member of the fifth reinforcements in April 1941. The following month he embarked for Fiji, where he served as a despatch rider and in the signals office, until the force returned to New Zealand for reforming. His services were thereafter employed with the cable section until the disbandment of the division in August 1944. The citation to his award reads as follows:—'42726 Sergeant Arthur Thomas Blampied, 3 NZ Divisional Signals, was in charge of field cable detachments in Vella Lavella, Treasury Islands and Green Islands during the period September 1943 to March 1944. Cable work on these islands has been most difficult and arduous. It has involved very long periods of sustained effort in a thick jungle and in a trying climate. Line faults due to many causes, including enemy action, have been so numerous that there have been many occasions when Sergeant Blampied and his men have been called upon after a hard day to go out and work for long hours at night under all weather conditions. During all these operations Sergeant Blampied's work has been of a uniformly high technical standard. He is an excellent type of NCO, and has been able to get the utmost out of his men by his enthusiasm and personal example. Before the division entered the combat zone he had an excellent record as a signalman and junior NCO engaged on similar work in Guadalcanal, New Caledonia and Fiji.'