Douglas Marks

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First name: Douglas

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Last name: Marks

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Colonel Douglas Gray Marks, bank clerk of Neutral Bay, Sydney applied for a commission in the A.I.F. aged 19 years, 21 Nov. 1914. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses, 22 December 1914 and commanded the 13th Battalion A.I.F. in action in Egypt, the Dardanelles and France. He was wounded in action at Gallipoli, 7 Aug. 1915 and in June 1916 he departed for France where he was wounded again, 11 Apr. 1917. After convalescence in England he departed for France, Aug. 1917. He returned to Australia on the Makura, Dec. 1918. He was awarded the White Eagle 5th Class and the Military Cross for services during the M.E.F. campaign, Sept.-Oct. 1916 and was awarded the DSO on 10 June 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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