Norman Lee Pearce

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First name: Norman

Middle name: Lee

Last name: Pearce

Personal information:

Norman Lee Pearce was born in September 1891 at Hillston, in New South Wales. His father Thomas Pearce was a solicitor in Parkes, his mother was Mary Louise Pearce. Norman worked as a surveyor's assistant before enlisting. His two brothers Thomas and Joseph also fought in WW1 while his sister, also called Mary Louise, remained home in NSW. Norman joined the Australian Imperial Force in Liverpool on 6th April 1915 in the 5th Field Ambulance Unit. He left Australia on 12th May 1915 and served in the above Unit on the Gallipoli Peninsula until evacuated and then transferred to the 13th Field Artillery Brigade on return to Egypt. In November 1916 he fought at the Somme and died there on 20th November 1916. He was buried at 'Cough Drop' Dressing Station near Bazentin le Grand in France

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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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