Medallion honours Diggers

A MEDALLION commemorating Australians who served in World War I was unveiled at Evandale yesterday.

One side of the Great War commemorative medallion depicts Evandale man Lieutenant-Colonel Henry ``Harry'' Murray, VC, the Commonwealth's most highly decorated soldier. He died in 1966 at the age of 85.

The other shows the final surviving Australian participant of the Gallipoli campaign, Launceston-born Alexander ``Alec'' Campbell, who died in 2002 aged 103.

Harry Murray's great-niece Anne Batalibasi yesterday recalled ``growing up on a diet of Harry Murray''.

``The conversation never ceased,'' Mrs Batalbasi said.

Harry Murray Memorial committee member Stephen Baldock labelled the medal fantastic.

``We're very proud of Harry Murray - we're very proud of anyone in uniform,'' Mr Baldock said.

``Isn't it wonderful in a little state like Tasmania we have two Diggers on the medal?''

The medallion is the product of a suggestion from former RSL president Tony Scott. 

Funds raised will help the RSL support veterans and their families. 

The medals, which will cost about $60, can be ordered through RSL sub-branches.

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