Robert Joseph Stewart

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First name: Robert

Middle name: Joseph

Last name: Stewart

Personal information:

On the outbreak of World War I, Stewart is reputed to have been the first volunteer from Parkes to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force. He embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914 at the age of 20. He was appointed Second Lieutenant in 'B' Company, 2nd Battalion and promoted to First Lieutenant en route to the Middle East. Following further training in Egypt, he served in the Gallipoli campaign wherein he was wounded. He was evacuated to Alexandria and then sent to convalesce back home. In February 1916 he passed fit to return to active service, was promoted Captain and appointed Second-in-Command of A Company, 34th Battalion on the Western Front.

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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