Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
403 — The Deputy Prime Minister to Major-General Barrowclough
The Deputy Prime Minister to Major-General Barrowclough
Now that the forces under your command have so quickly and effectively completed the occupation of Vella Lavella and Treasury Islands, I would like on behalf of the Government and people to extend to you and to your officers and men heartfelt congratulations on the splendid achievements of the 3rd Division. It is a matter of profound satisfaction that the casualties were not unduly heavy, particularly as we realise how severe was the fighting and how gruelling the conditions under which all of you have been living. You have just cause for pride in the valuable contribution the 3rd Division is making towards the expulsion of the Japanese from the South Pacific area.