Edwin Walter Phelps

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First name: Edwin

Middle name: Walter

Last name: Phelps

Personal information:

Private Edwin Walter Phelps, a clerk of Ryde, New South Wales, enlisted 20 April 1916 at the age of 15 years 10 months and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A68 Anchises, 24 Aug. 1916. He served with the 45th Battalion until he was transferred to the 13th Battalion on 8 March 1917. He was wounded and taken prisoner in Apr. 1917 at Bullecourt in France while attacking the Hindenburg line, was repatriated in Dec. 1918 and returned to Sydney on the China, 11 June 1919

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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