Francis William Roberts

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First name: Francis

Middle name: William

Last name: Roberts

Personal information:

F. W. Roberts, orchardist of Upper Hawthorn, Victoria enlisted 23 Feb. 1916 aged 27 years. He embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A11 Ascanius, 11 May 1917. While serving with the 21st Battalion, 6th Brigade, 2nd Division of the Australian Imperial Force, commanded by Major-General Charles Rosenthal, he was killed in the attack on Mont St Quentin, France on Sunday, 1 Sept. 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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