John Northcott

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First name: John

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Last name: Northcott

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Brief diary entries begin with administrative duties with the 12th Battalion in Mena Camp, Cairo, departure for Lemnos Island 27 Jan. 1915, route marches ashore, landing and training exercises and landing at Gallipoli where he was wounded 25 Apr. 1915, voyage on Clan MacGillivray with 840 wounded to Alexandria, hospitalisation there and at Wandsworth, England, leave in Scotland and departure for Australia Nov. 1915, arriving in Melbourne 30 Dec. 1915. Entries for Apr. 24-25 are inserted, out of order. Includes sketch, 'Why Charlie dropped his bundle'.

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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