Eric Whettam

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First name: Eric

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Last name: Whettam

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Eric Whettam, station hand of Lewisham, N.S.W., enlisted Jan. 1915 as a trooper with 6th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Forces. He served in Egypt with the 1st Composite Cavalry Regiment, Western Frontier Force, Nov. 1915-Jan. 1916, with 15th Australian Field Artillery, 5th Division in France June 1916-Mar. 1917 and with 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade in Flanders, Mar.-Oct. 1917. He was invalided in Oct. 1917 and returned to Australia in June 1918

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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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