William Peterson

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First name: William

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Last name: Peterson

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Signalling Sergeant William Peterson had previously served with the Australians in the South African War in 1896, and the British 2nd Dragoon Guards 1900-1908. He enlisted in Queensland in 1914 and served with the 2nd Light Horse Brigade in Egypt and Gallipoli, 1915, and in the Romani Campaign in the Sinai Peninsular, 1916-1917. He was wounded in the Battle of Rafa, 16 April 1917 and invalided back to Australia, arriving in Brisbane 3 May 1917

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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