Arthur Edward Matthews

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First name: Arthur

Middle name: Edward

Last name: Matthews

Personal information:

Arthur Edward Matthews, a gunsmith of Battersea, London enlisted with the A.I.F. at Liverpool, N.S.W. aged 24, 3 Jan. 1916. He was wounded in action 20 Apr. 1918 and returned to Australia on the Karoa 28 Mar. 1919. Typewritten narrative of events in France while serving with the 3rd Battalion, including his promotions to lance corporal, corporal and sergeant, with graphic descriptions of trench warfare in Picardy, Albert, Bapaume and with the 1st Brigade at Bullecourt, May 1917

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An Anzac and some of his friends. "The Donks"
'An Anzac and some of his friends. "The Donks"'

Taken by official war photographer Frank Hurley, this image and its title are equally captivating  because it's such an ordinary photo of a young man looking after his animals in such  extraordinary circumstances. I can just imagine him saying something like 'Must be almost time to feed the donks' - an unremarkable job if he was at home, perhaps he was a farmer. Something else again at War in the Middle East. See pic.

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