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.

Northern Midlands RSL sub-branch president Geoff Leitch, Harry Murray's great niece Anne Batalibasi and Evandale Anzac Committee member Stephen Baldock get together for the launch of the medal at the Harry Murray statue at Evandale. Picture: Scott Gelston

Northern Midlands RSL sub-branch president Geoff Leitch, Harry Murray's great niece Anne Batalibasi and Evandale Anzac Committee member Stephen Baldock get together for the launch of the medal at the Harry Murray statue at Evandale. Picture: Scott Gelston

The medal's tribute to Alexander 'Alec' Campbell. Picture: Scott Gelston

The medal's tribute to Alexander 'Alec' Campbell. Picture: Scott Gelston