Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick
"I see by this morning’s paper that Australia is going to send another 100 thousand men. I am not surprised for men were just simply going mad out there to go to the war. There was many a man envied us first contingent men for being so lucky to get off to the war."
Private John Simpson, 3rd Field Ambulance, 3 January 1915
In 1914 Englishman John Kirkpatrick was working around Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force early, hoping to work his passage back home. He used his mother’s maiden name, “Simpson”, to enlist and expected to be heading for “the old country”. Instead, he found himself in Egypt.
Simpson landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 as a stretcher-bearer with the 3rd Field Ambulance. He would be killed only a few weeks later.