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14-January-2022
14-January-2022

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The sculpture commemorates those who served in World War One. It was funded by the ANZAC Centenary Grants program.

John Simpson Kirkpatrick was born in Britain but later moved to Australia. In August 1914 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, serving at Gallipoli the following year as Private John Simpson in the 3rd Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps. He served from the time of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April until he was killed in action on 19 May.

Simpson became famous for his work as a stretcher-bearer. Using one of the donkeys brought in for carrying water, he transported wounded men day and night from the fighting in Monash Valley to the beach on Anzac Cove. He did so, according to Charles Bean, through "deadly sniping down the valley and the most furious shrapnel fire". He was killed by machine-gun fire while carrying two wounded men and was buried on the beach at Hell Spit.

Location

Address:Arrabri Avenue & Dandenong Road, Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens , Mount Ommaney , 4074
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.548537
Long: 152.935961
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Designer:Everlon Bronze
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th April, 2015
Front Inscription

Simpson and his Donkey

Pte. Simpson's courage and ultimate self-sacrifice, saving the lives of the wounded, helped forge the spirit of the ANZACs at Gallipoli

Plaque :

This tribute to Simpson and his Donkey was made available by a significant grant for the Australian Government under the Centenary of ANZAC Local Grants Program and the use of Centenary Suburbs RSL Sub-Branch funds 

Other smaller donations are acknowledged

Source: DVA, MA
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