Frederick Stobo Phillips

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First name: Frederick

Middle name: Stobo

Last name: Phillips

Personal information:

Irene Read's brother, Frederick Stobo Phillips, of Wahroonga, Sydney, enlisted 9 Nov. 1914, aged 30 and embarked from Sydney on HMAT A55 Kyarra, 27 Nov. 1914. He was attached to No. 1 Field Ambulance in Mudros, Aug. 1915, promoted to Lance Corporal and reverted to Private at his own request. He embarked on SS Ionian for France in Sept. 1915, transferred to 1st Battalion, Aug. 1916 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field while stretcher bearing in Oct. 1916 and was killed in action in France, 5 Nov. 1916.

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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