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WWI WAR MEDAL TO SGT. H.J. LONG, 5-BN. A.I.F. (K.I.A. 1ST DAY OF GALLIPOLI LANDINGS)

** NEW ** WWI War Medal to 1202 Sgt. H.J. Long, 5-Bn. A.I.F.
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Harold James Long was born in Liverpool, the son of John Clarke Long of 104 Penny Lane, Allerton, Liverpool and worked as an insurance clerk. Enlisting with the 5th Battalion Australian Infantry on 21 Oct 1914. The tragic and terrifying end of Long's life is recorded in official Australian Archives documents:

"On the 26th April he lost his leg, shrapnel, and was seen by informant on that date. He appeared to have lost his reason and they were unable to move him when retiring."

"Informant says Long was wounded at Anzac and reported in Coy. to have shot himself because he could not retreat with the others, he having said he would do so to his comrades. Informant is an officer in his Coy."

"Long was wounded on the first day, April 25th, both his legs were blown off."

"Witness knew a Sergt. Long in the 2nd reinforcements of the 5th Battalion. One of the witness' mates told him that Long's leg was blown off in the landing at Anzac and that he Died of Wounds."

"Witness knew him well, as they were tent-fellows in Victoria. Witness understands that he was wounded in legs and found dead later with his rifle beside him, and another wound self-inflicted. Witness saw his body and believes he was properly buried." "Sergt. Lawson saw Long have both legs smashed by shell and later saw him lying quite dead. He sent word particularly to Harmer, as he was his great pal - Harmer does not know Long's parents and therefore could not inform them - he thinks they are English."

Harold James Long was Killed In Action on 25 Apr 1915 and is commemorated at Lone Pine Memorial.

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