Robert Harris

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First name: Robert

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Last name: Harris

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Private Robert Harris, a schoolteacher from Glen Innes, N.S.W. embarked from Sydney aged 20 on HMAT A35 Berrima, 19 Aug. 1914, and served with the Machine Gun Section, 2nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry Forces. He saw action in New Guinea, France and at Gallipoli. He was promoted to Lance Corporal 1 Oct. 1914, received officer training in England Oct. 1917-June 1918 and was attached to machine gun sections of the 9th, 11th and 12th Battalions. Harris was wounded Sept. 1918, recuperated in England and returned to France Dec. 1918. He returned to Australia on the Katoomba, Sept. 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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