William Burrell

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First name: William

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Last name: Burrell

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Private - Sapper W. Burrell of Camperdown, Sydney served as a stretcher-bearer with B. Company 17th Battalion 5 Infantry Brigade A.I.F. in France and Belgium Apr. 1916 - Sep. 1917, when he was wounded and awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. After treatment in England he returned to France with a railway unit, the 4th Australian B.G.R.O. Company, until repatriated in July 1919. Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas

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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