John Simpson Kirkpatrick was a merchant seaman from Tyneside, who at the outbreak of WW1 joined the Australian Army. On 25th April 1915 the Australians & New Zealanders (ANZAC's) took part in the Gallipoli landings and casualties were high. For 3 weeks Kirkpatrick (known as Simpson) used several donkeys to ferry countless numbers of wounded soldiers to safety, before being killed by sniper fire. He is affectionately known to millions as 'The Man with with the Donkey'.
ANZAC Centenary teacher resources: On this day we honour all the men and women who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world, including the ANZACs who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.
Anzac Day Commemorations in South Shields, England; the birth place of John Simpson Kirkpatrick, known as The Man with the Donkey. John (referred to as Jack) served under the name 'Simpson' as a stretcher bearer with the Australian Army at Gallipoli. For just over 3 weeks he used several donkeys to ferry wounded men to the saftey of beach for evacuation. He was killed by sniper fire on the 19th May, 1915 and quickly became an ANZAC legend.
With Gallipoli on all thinking Australians' minds this year (for it is the centenary of the controversial horror of our boys' service on Gallipoli) we are .
John Simpson Kirkpatrick The Man with the Donkey at Gallipoli
A 2011 poster for the stage play 'The Man and the Donkey' at the Customs House, South Shields. The play returned to the Customs House in May as part of the centenary events, to mark the death of John Simpson Kirkpatrick at Gallipoli.