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Gilbert Arthur Dampier

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"Members of the 1st New Zealand Services Medical Team outside the hospital at Bong Son, cica January 1970. Back row (left to right): Gordon Watt, Tom Neve, Ian Blakeway, Arthur Norris, 'Blue' Stuart, Alan Earl, Brian McMahon, Owen Snelling, Bob Maitland, Eugene Clements, Gilbert Dampier.
Front row (left to right): Len Thompson, Tony Lancaster, Alan White, Dennis Manson, Lindsay Grenfell, Peter Stitt, 'Barney' Bowen. Image provided by Tom Neve, VietnamWar.govt.nz. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions. "

"Members of the 1st New Zealand Services Medical Team outside the hospital at Bong Son, cica January …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gilbert Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Dampier AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 3011063 AWMM
    • Vietnam 78644 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 January 1925 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Burma AWMM
    • 1962-1966 AWMM
      Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966 AWMM
      Following the defeat of the Brunei rebellion at the end of 1962 the Indonesian Foreign Minister announced a policy of 'confgrontation' against Malaysia, justifying this Indonesian expansion as a response to hostile neo-colonialist / imperialist policies against Indonesia. Following on the burning oif the British Embassy in Jakarta a British and Commonwealth force was created to dominate the Borneo border and resist Indonesian incursions. from Spink (1988) AWMM
    • 1962-1966 AWMM
      Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966 AWMM
      Following the defeat of the Brunei rebellion at the end of 1962 the Indonesian Foreign Minister announced a policy of 'confgrontation' against Malaysia, justifying this Indonesian expansion as a response to hostile neo-colonialist / imperialist policies against Indonesia. Following on the burning oif the British Embassy in Jakarta a British and Commonwealth force was created to dominate the Borneo border and resist Indonesian incursions. from Spink (1988) AWMM
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
    • Thailand AWMM
    • 1964-1973 AWMM
      Vietnam War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • 3011063 AWMM
    • Vietnam 78644 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
      Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) Gilbert Arthur Dampier H78644. Warrant Officer. Royal NZ Air Force N Z Services Medical Team CITATION – New Year Honours January 1977 Warrant Officer Dampier joined the RNZAF in 1957 as a State Registered Nurse. He previously served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as an air gunner and is currently a senior medical assistant. He has seen service with the RNZAF in Singapore, with the ophthalmic team in South East Asia and with the New Zealand Medical Services Team in Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam in 1969. Throughout this service, he has given service beyond the normal call of duty and has worked long hours to enhance the effectiveness of service provided by the units to which he has been attached. Warrant Officer Dampier’s loyalty and devotion to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of personnel has been a feature of his service. He has handled tasks with expedition and efficiency, yet in his dealings with patients and staff he has always managed to apply the human touch which has earned him a high level of respect in his specialist field. Notes to Citation Born Liverpool, England 27 Jan 1925. RAF 14 Nov 1943 to 20 May 1946. RNZAF 27 Jun 1957 to 17 Dec 1978. During his World War 2 service with the RAF, Flight Sgt Dampier served as a Parachute Jump Master with 117 Sqn RAF (Dakota) completing 190 sorties dropping personnel and supplies to advance Army units in Burma. In 1965, He was a member of the four-man RNZAF Ophthalmic Surgical team, led by Gp Capt Randal Elliott, touring Singapore, Malaya, Sarawak and Thailand, being awarded the Chief of Air Staff’s Commendation in Nov 1965 for his services to the team. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Burma Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Vietnam Medal AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal AWMM
    • South Vietnamese Campaign Medal (1960- clasp) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Betty Holden

    Regular Service in the UK

    Saw service in WW2 with the 4th Combat Cargo Task Force, Burma, 1943-45

    Malayan Emergency, Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner), 117 Squadron RAF

    Vietnam, Sergeant in Joint Services Medical Team 1969-70

    Served in RNZAF 1957-1978. Read citation for MBE. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 December 2004 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Saviours Anglican Churchyard , Templeton, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, December 2004 AWMM
  • Memorial name
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 152 AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
      p. 272 AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      p. 307 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: December 2004 AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM

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