Hector Charles Warwick LONG DCM

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LONG, Hector Charles Warwick

Service Number: 699
Enlisted: 26 January 1916, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter/Salesman
Died: Killed In Action, France, 28 March 1918
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Plot VII, Row A, Grave 59), Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

26 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 699, Claremont, Tasmania
1 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 699, 40th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 699, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart
28 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 699, 40th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre
7 Aug 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Near Warheton, during a raid 30th Nov/1st Dec 1917 this NCO showed conspicuous bravery and fine leadership. He forced his way through the enemy wire and killed an officer and a man. He then got into the enemy trench, got his bombers together and cleared it. He personally dealt with several enemy dugouts , entering the dugouts with total disregard for personal risk. His determination and offensive spirit was a splendid example to his men, and his during the operation was invaluable. Strength of raiding party, 4 officers and 82 other ranks. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, 7/8/1918, page 1661, position 25

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...699 Corporal (later Sergeant) Hector Charles Long (alias Nestor Charles Warwick), 40th Battalion. A carpenter of Hobart, Tasmania, he enlisted on 26 January 1916 and sailed with C Company aboard HMAT Berrima on 1 July 1916. He was killed in action, aged 23, on 28 March 1918. He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)