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Location Shrine of Remembrance, Western Forecourt, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Type Monument
Description

In 1935, Wallace Anderson’s design for the memorial was selected though a competition organised by the Australian Red Cross. Anderson had served during the war and worked at the Australian War Memorial after his return. His Man with the Donkey was cast in Italy, and after some debate was sited near the shrine.

Built Wallace Anderson
Opened 20 June 1936
Inscription

Plaque:
Private John Simpson 3rd F.A. A.I.F.
After The Landing At Gallipoli, Simpson With
His Little Donkey, Worked Alone, Day And Night
Taking Water To The Front Line And Carrying
The Wounded Back To Dressing Stations.
He And His Donkey Were Killed By A Shrapnel
Shell On The 19th May, 1915. Simpson Was Mentioned
In Despatches By Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief
Of The Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

Back Inscription
THE
MAN WITH THE DONKEY
Gallipoli, April 25 to May 19, 1915.

In Commemoration
Of The Valour And Compassion
Of The Australian Soldier.

Erected By Public Subscription Under
The Auspices Of The Red Cross Society

Condition

Good

Names

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KIRKPATRICK, John Simpson

Service number 202
Private
3rd Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 6 Jul 1892

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