Lest We Forget - ANZAC
ANZAC Day. 25th of April. 99 years since the brave men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on Gallipoli to face odds uncounted. We are here not to celebrate, nor cherish their experience, but to remember. They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. As many enjoy this public holiday as a break ...
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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.
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".