prev pinner note: An elevated view of the beach, crowded with Australian and New Zealand troops the day after the landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Ships can be seen in the background 26 April 1915. Australian War Memorial A03868. WWI

prev pinner note: An elevated view of the beach, crowded with Australian and New Zealand troops the day after the landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Ships can be seen in the background 26 April Australian War Memorial WWI

John "Jack" Simpson Kirkpatrick (centre of picture) who served under the name John Simpson, was a stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the Gallipoli Campaign. After landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, he obtained a donkey and began carrying wounded soldiers from the frontline to the beach, for evacuation. He did this for three and a half weeks, often under fire, until he was killed. Simpson and his Donkey are a key part of the "Anzac legend".

John "Jack" Simpson Kirkpatrick (centre of picture) who served under the name…

In the 1930s, after the Battle of Gallipoli, President Ataturk received a letter from the mothers of the fallen ANZAC soldiers requesting permission to visit the graves of their sons. In response he sat down and wrote this poignant letter to the women. Ataturk later used these same words in a speech to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the Gallipoli battlefields.

President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in response to a letter from the mothers of the fallen ANZAC soldiers requesting permission to visit the graves of their sons.

BATTLE SOMME 1 JULY - 18 NOVEMBER 1916 (E(AUS) 19)   Eight ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps )  soldiers wearing sheepskin jackets, and a mixture of slouch hats and steel helmets, resting on their way up to the trenches.

BATTLE SOMME 1 JULY - 18 NOVEMBER 1916 (E(AUS) Eight ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ) soldiers wearing sheepskin jackets, and a mixture of slouch hats and steel helmets, resting on their way up to the trenches.

Two soldiers of the Canterbury Battalion, New Zealand Brigade, in a trench at Gallipoli, May 1915

Two soldiers of the Canterbury Battalion, New Zealand Brigade, in a trench at Gallipoli, May HU 57641

ANZAC Day.....25 April.

Remembrance day, when I was a kid, the veterans used to sell poppies, I never realized the significance of it till now.

Australian and New Zealand soldiers bathing in Anzac Cove in the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli Campaign. 1915-1916

eiscef: “ Australian and New Zealand soldiers bathing in Anzac Cove in the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli Campaign.

Discovering ANZACS - Your story, our Anzac history - new site from The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand

100 years Anniversary Thank you to those Brave men and women ~ Lest We Forget ~

NZ plaque. The courage and endurance of those who did their duty at Gallipoli remains a vivid memory and source of identity, belonging and pride for every New Zealander and Australian. For each of us, April 25 will forever be a part of what it means to be a New Zealander, an Australian or a Turk.

NZ plaque. The courage and endurance of those who did their duty at Gallipoli remains a vivid memory and source of identity, belonging and pride for every New Zealander and Australian. For each of us, April 25 will forever be a part of what it means to be a New Zealander, an Australian or a Turk.

WWI New Zealand solider in uniform

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a new kind of war memorial – one made entirely of words. Thousands of people wrote letters to the unknown soldier. Read my letter and thousands more here.

The Other Anzacs: Nurses at war 1914-1918 By Peter Rees The harrowing and dramatic stories of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in the Great War.

The Other Anzacs: Nurses at war By Peter Rees The harrowing and dramatic stories of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in the Great War.

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