Cameron Desaile Robertson

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First name: Cameron

Middle name: Desaile

Last name: Robertson

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Cameron Desaile Robertson, bookseller of Rozelle, New South Wales was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 Aug. 1914 aged 19 years and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A19 Afric, 18 Oct. 1914. He served with the Australian Army Service Corps and the 4th Pioneer Battalion, was present at the landing at Gallipoli and also served in Egypt and France. He was awarded the Military Cross for actions during operations near Gueudecourt Nov.-Dec. 1916 and hospitalised in England with trench fever Jan. 1918. He returned to Australia on the Kasir-a-Hind, Oct. 1918

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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