General Thomas Blamey
ID numberART26660
Collection typeArt
TitleGeneral Thomas Blamey
MeasurementOverall: 54 x 38.2 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNew Guinea
Date made1944
Physical descriptioncharcoal heightened with white with black and red washes on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionPortrait sketch of General Sir Thomas Blamey, CB, CMG, DSO, Deputy Commander in Chief Middle East Forces and General Commanding AIF. Blamey was a former school teacher who turned to the Army and rose to become Australia's only Field Marshal. During the Second World War, Blamey was appointed to command the 6th Division. Returning to Australia in 1942 he became Commander-in-Chief, Australian Military Forces and Commander Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific. Blamey retired in 1945 but in May 1951, shortly before his death, was recalled to the active list and created Field Marshal.