Gordon Thomas Edwards

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First name: Gordon

Middle name: Thomas

Last name: Edwards

Personal information:

Gordon Thomas Edwards, orchardist on his family's Orange Dale property in Stuart Town, N.S.W., enlisted 28 Dec. 1915 at the age of 18. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic, 14 Apr. 1916 and served with C Company, 54th Battalion in Egypt, France and Belgium. On 28 May 1918 his next of kin were notified that he was wounded, Apr. 1918. He attended Officers Cadet College in England June-Dec. 1918 before being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 2 Jan. 1919. He embarked 23 June 1919 on the Orita, arriving in Australia 9 Aug. 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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