Donald Percival Wells

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First name: Donald

Middle name: Percival

Last name: Wells

Personal information:

Donald Percival Wells, cashier of Tighes' Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales, enlisted at the age of 20 on 4 Sept. 1915 and embarked from Sydney with the 30th Battalion on HMAT A35 Berrima, 17 Dec. 1915. He was promoted to Captain 19 Aug. 1916. He was wounded and captured at Bullecourt, France, on 11 April 1917 and admitted to hospital at Karlsruhe, Germany. He was a prisoner of war at Freiburg camp in Germany until he was sent to Switzerland 26 Dec. 1917. Captain Wells was repatriated to England on 14 June 1918 and embarked to return to Australia on 23 Sept. 1918. SN NX70640. Rank on enlistment is Lieutenant, Captain on NR.

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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