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Six Holy Trinity parishioners who gave their lives for Australia as soldiers in World War One will have plaques rededicated in their honour at the Soldiers Memorial Avenue, Hobart's Queens Domain, on Remembrance Day (Lest We Forget), November 11. This is the third such rededication service this year, with other Holy Trinity servicemen who were killed having plaques in the two previous commemorations.

The six being remembered this time (among 30 plaques in all): Lance Corporal Norman John Alexander Hall, Privates Jack (John) Thomas and Alfred Warren, John Theodore Owen, Archie Darling Gould and Cyril Ralph Finch.

Their deaths were previously recalled in the article Fromelles - and beyond, but it is relevant to also note that five of them died in the same month - August, 1916 - on the Western Front in France in the bloody actions to capture Pozieres, fighting that took a huge toll on the Allied forces in the terrible Battle on the Somme.

Private Owen, 20, 26th Battalion, was killed in action on August 4, Pte Jack Warren, 23, 47th Btn, died of wounds August 10, Pte Gould, 19, 52nd Btn, was killed Aug 13, Lance Corporal Hall, 25, 52nd Btn, Aug 14, and Pte Finch, 19, 12th Btn, Aug 19.

Pte Alfred Warren, 20, 12th Btn - the brother of Jack - was the exception to the August losses. He was also killed in action in France, but in April the next year. The Warrens were among the eight sets of two brothers from Holy Trinity who died in the war - of the others, Sergeant Eric Arthur Hall, brother of Norman, was killed in October, 1917, in Belgium during the Battle of Passchendaele.

Pozieres Ridge was of great strategic importance - to the Allies, who wanted to take it to aid their advance, and to the Germans, determined to hold it. And the Allies paid a high price in lives lost for its capture.

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