Jack Sommers

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Private John Archibald Douglas Sommers, artist and author of Melbourne, Victoria, enlisted aged 36, 22 Aug. 1914 and embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus, 22 Oct. 1914. He served with the 1st Division, Australian Army Service Corps in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. During 1915 he contributed verses to the Bulletin. He returned to Australia on the Balmoral Castle, 21 Mar. 1918

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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