Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Honour for Donkey Hero; Australian Citys Tribute to Rescuer of Fallen Soldiers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Honour for Donkey Hero; Australian Citys Tribute to Rescuer of Fallen Soldiers

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Byline: By TINA JUNDAY

HE MADE the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow soldiers.

And now, more than 90 years after his death, a Tyneside war hero is to be remembered more than 8,000 miles from where he was born.

The story of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey, who ferried 300 wounded soldiers to safety during the battle of Gallipoli in the First World War before he was shot dead, has become legendary in his home town of South Shields.

A statue of the soldier and his trusty stead takes pride of place in the town's Ocean Road.

And now doctors and nurses in Adelaide, Australia, are planning to pay tribute to their hero by raising funds for a new statue of their hero, who was 22 years old when he was killed among the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in Turkey.

Members of the Simpson Foundation Committee are raising funds to build a bronze sculpture, designed by award-winning artist

Robert Hannaford. The statue will be supported by Adelaide City Council, which is still deciding on an exact location for the memorial. …

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