John William Springthorpe

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First name: John

Middle name: William

Last name: Springthorpe

Personal information:

Lieutenant-Colonel J.W. Springthorpe, a physician of Melbourne, Victoria was born in Stafford, England. He was 60 years when he embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A55 Kyarra, 28 Nov. 1914. He was Senior Physician at 2nd Australian General Hospital in Egypt in 1915. In January 1916 he accompanied wounded soldiers to Melbourne, returning to Egypt later in 1916. He went to England 16 Oct. 1916 to work in English hospitals and study treatment of war neuroses cases. He returned to Australia on HT Nestor, 12 Dec. 1918 and was demobilised in Melbourne in 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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