James J McLean

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First name: James

Middle name: J

Last name: McLean

Personal information:

J. J. McLean, labourer of Darlinghurst, Sydney was 21 years old when he enlisted at Longreach, Queensland, 14 May 1915 as a private with the 25th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. He embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915 and served in France where he was wounded, 5 Aug. 1916. He was hospitalised in England and was discharged in Sydney 7 Nov. 1917

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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