John Victor Armstong

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First name: John

Middle name: Victor

Last name: Armstong

Personal information:

John Victor Armstrong was born in June 1899 in Cooper's Shoot on the N.S.W. north coast. He enlisted at Lismore, N.S.W. age 18 in July 1916 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Benalla on November 9, 1916. He served in the 5th reinforcement of the 39th Battalion. He was wounded in action in France on June 9, 1918 and was reported to have 'very little hope of recovery'. He did recover, and was returned to Australia on the HT Takada December 24, 1918. He spent the remainder of his working life farming at Cooper's Shoot and raising four children with his wife Grace. He died in September 1967

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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