Geoffery Oswald Hawkins

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First name: Geoffery

Middle name: Oswald

Last name: Hawkins

Personal information:

Geoffrey Oswald Hawkins, a surveyor of Bendigo, Victoria enlisted in the A.I.F. on 1 March, 1915 aged 44. He embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 July 1915 and served with the 28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement in Egypt, France and Belgium. He was wounded in action Sept. 1916 and hospitalised with trench feet in Nov.-Dec. 1916. He left France for London 8 Dec. 1918 and was taken on the staff of War Records. From Sept. 1919-Apr. 1920 he was with the War Graves Commission in the Dardenelles

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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