, Blake William
Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Territorial Force)
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
Lieutenant HERBERT has served more than 36 years in the Territorial Force since enlisting in November 1973. He was commissioned in 1988. He
has voluntarily taken on the role of unit historian, which sees him as the principal custodian, curator and archivist of the 3rd Auckland (Countess of
Ranfurly’s Own) and Northland Battalion Group’s memorabilia and taonga. If this work had not been done, the true value of many of the items would
not now be known and their security would not have been assured as it is today. He is also President of the Regimental Association and in this role,
he took the lead in an ambitious project to erect a Memorial Cairn in the Auckland Domain, to honour all past members of the Auckland Regiment.
The cairn is the only dedicated infantry memorial in New Zealand and it was constructed using stones from Anzac Cove in Turkey. He worked
consistently and with a great deal of perseverance to complete the project.
Distinguished Service Decoration
Defence Service Medal
THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT