Their special place

There was a particular significance for Holy Trinity Church at an anniversary and plaque re-dedication ceremony held at the Soldiers Memorial Avenue on Hobart's Queens Domain.

The 90th anniversary of the Avenue's inauguration (on August 3, 1918) saw a moving occasion highlighted by the re-dedication of plaques and trees to 52 soldiers who died in World War One.

Members of the Holy Trinity Support Group were there to hear Tasmanian Governor Peter Underwood read the names of those soldiers - for among them were eight of Holy Trinity.

Two were decorated heroes. The story of Lance-Corporal Norman Wilfred Allison, winner of the Military Medal, has already been told in Fromelles - and beyond in this section.

The second was Sergeant Hector Charles Warwick (also known as Nestor Charles Warwick) Long, who won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in late 1917. He was 22 when he put his life on the line during a raid on the enemy on the night of November 30-December 1 that year.

The citation for his medal (awarded on December 3) told of his conspicuous bravery and fine leadership of his men, forcing his way through enemy wire and killing two Germans, one an officer.

Then he moved into a German trench, gathered his bombers together and cleared it. The citation added that Long also personally dealt with several enemy dugouts, entering them with total disregard for personal risk. He was killed in action on March 28, 1918, and buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'abbe.

The death of Private Stanley Robert Carrick, 25, was recorded on May 10, 1918, after he was previously reported missing in action. The soldier known as "Snowy" had been out on night patrol near Merris. His captain crawled back wounded, reporting that he had seen Carrick and another soldier, both also wounded, attempting to get back to their lines. But they never made it. Carrick was later commemorated in the memorial at Outtersteene Communal Extension, Bailleul.

Private Arthur Gordon Gibson, 23, was a victim of the fighting at Gallipoli. His Roll of Honour record at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra said he was killed in action on June 10, 1915, and he is commemorated at Gallipoli's Lone Pine Memorial.

Private Percy Edward Reed, 19, was killed in action at Boursies between April 6 and 10, 1917, and had no known grave, but is commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Two of the Holy Trinity servicemen died in Hobart - Second-Lieutenant Edward Huon Atkinson, of the 12th Light Horse, and at number 52 he was among the first to enlist when he joined in November, 1914, at the age of almost 37. He died on July 23, 1918, and was buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery. Adrian Edmund Husband, who served with the 7th Field Ambulance, was born in India, and enlisted aged 19 years and six months in March, 1915. He died in Hobart on July 12, 1916.

And Trooper Henry Dundas Bashfield, a machine-gunner with the 3rd Light Horse, who died of wounds at Gaza, Palestine, aged 25, on April 24, 1917 - you will find mention of him in Recollections of a choirboy in our Your Story section.

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