This is Simpson's donkey. John Simpson was a British stretcher-bearer serving in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. At Gallipoli he acquired a donkey and carried wounded soldiers down to the beach for the three and a half weeks that he was there before he was fatally wounded.
Of course, the Gallipoli campaign was an umitigated disaster and is well known in Australian and New Zealand war history. Australian casualties numbered 8,700; New Zealand 2,700; India 1,400; France 10,000; Great Britain 21,000 and the Ottoman Empire an horrific 87,000. More than double that number were wounded. Any lives saved were miraculous.
|Simpson and his donkey by Peter Corlett|
|The statue to commemorate the sailors|
|and the soldiers|
|The roll of honour|
|One of the gargoyles in the Australian War Memorial|
|A diorama of the trenches in WWI|
|Bomber Command Memorial by Neil Dawson|
|The Animals in War Memorial|