Arthur Clyde Giles

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First name: Arthur

Middle name: Clyde

Last name: Giles

Personal information:

Rank Private on enlistment, Corporal on Nominal Roll; served with the 1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement in Egypt before embarking for France 28 Mar. 1916. He attended the School of Instruction at Etaples 3 Aug. 1916, was wounded in action in France 18 Aug. 1916, hospitalised in England, wounded again 4 Oct. 1917 and returned to Australia in May 1919. Clyde Giles enlisted in the Australian Military Forces in Feb. 1942 but was discharged because of illness. His diary includes the period between 1914 and 1915 when he was steward aboad the New Zealand passenger ship Maunganui.
His brother John Albert Giles also served in the A.I.F., with the 53rd Battalion, 14th Brigade

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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