Philip Ernest Owen

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First name: Philip

Middle name: Ernest

Last name: Owen

Personal information:

Philip Ernest Owen, a marine steward of Penshurst, Sydney, New South Wales was born in Balmain, Sydney and enlisted at the show ground camp in Dec. 1916 aged 29. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A68 Anchises, 24 Jan. 1917 and in July 1917 transferred from 1st Pioneer Battalion, 9th Reinforcement to the 17th Infantry Battalion. He was invalided from France to England Apr. 1918 with gas poisoning and was accidently injured in a dugout in Belgium, Aug. 1918. He returned to Australia on HT Ceramic, Jan. 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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