James Ray Lewis

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First name: James

Middle name: Ray

Last name: Lewis

Personal information:

James Ray Lewis, farmer of Bogan Gate, New South Wales, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides, 31 Oct. 1917 and served with the 17th Battalion in France. He was wounded in the attack on Mt. St. Quentin 31 Aug. 1918. After treatment in military hospitals in England he returned to Australia Feb. 1919 on the hospital ship Tokada, and was discharged 13 Mar. 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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