Elliston at War - World War One



Pte. Heber Trask: Reg # 3156


Heber Trask (1896-1918) enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment on Oct. 16, 1916. He was hospitalized on Aug. 21, 1917 for a wound to the thigh and in April 1918 for fever. He went missing in action on Oct. 25, 1918 and presumed killed near Ingoyghem, Belgium.


Address listed as Elliston and he was the son of Thomas and Alice (nee Baker) Trask

Awarded the Military Medal


London Gazette, June 17th, 1919 - Ledeghem. Authority, Daily Orders, 1st Battalion 9/11/18 For conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty. On the morning of 14th October, 1918, during the advance from Ledgehem towards the Lys, almost before the barrage had lifted, these two men dashed forward at a pill-box. A few of the enemy were leaving the pill-box and as soon as they saw Pte. Trask and O'Brien threw bombs at them, but these two men rushed in and bayonetted three of the enemy. They then went to the pill-box and threw a bomb into it, then entered it and captured an Officer, 35 men and two machine guns. It was entirely due to the prompt action and dash of these two men that the enemy were prevented from bringing their machine guns into action and causing heavy casualties.


Additional information about the The Battle of Lys provided by Doug Cole.


Medal Entitlement