Portrait of John Simpson Kirkpatrick, taken as a young boy. He was born in England, before moving to Australia, and later enlisting in the AIF on 25 August 1914, serving as 202 Private John Simpson ...
ID numberP01550.002
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Print silver gelatin
MakerA H Taylor Ltd
Place madeUnited Kingdom: England, Merseyside, Liverpool
Date madeUnknown
DescriptionPortrait of John Simpson Kirkpatrick, taken as a young boy. He was born in England, before moving to Australia, and later enlisting in the AIF on 25 August 1914, serving as 202 Private John Simpson with the 3rd Field Ambulance. He embarked from Fremantle on 2 November 1914 aboard HMAT Medic. He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and quickly became famous for his work as a stretcher bearer transporting wounded men via donkey from the fighting in Monash Valley to the beach at Anzac Cove. He was killed in action on 19 May 1915 in Shrapnel Gully, while transporting two wounded men to safety, he was buried on the beach at Hell Spit. He was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches.