AWM P05111.001

Five men standing in suits wearing hats and two men on the grass sitting in front.

The first five recruits to leave Port Lincoln, South Australia, in 1914 for service in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Standing, left to right: John McVicar, Thomas Corcoran, Clarence Bradley, Robert Fraser and Lincoln Green. Seated in front of the recruits are David Drysdale, a Boer War veteran and owner of the West Coast Recorder, and I O Jacobs, District Clerk of Lincoln Council. The fate of these five recruits provides a snapshot of the experiences of Australian soldiers in World War I: McVicar suffered a shattered leg at Gallipoli, returned to Australia, reenlisted in 1917, and survived the war; Corcoran died of wounds in France in 1918, aged 29; Bradley was killed in action in France in 1916, aged 26; Fraser was killed in action in 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 22; Green was wounded at Gallipoli, later served in France and Belgium, and survived the war. (AWM P05111.001; photographer: Andrew Dabovich)

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