Title: Across the Bar – The Story of Simpson, The man with the donkey – Australia and Tyneside’s great military hero

Author: Curran, Tom

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 2nd Edition

Publication Date: 1994

ISBN: 0646165240

Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 395 pages

Comments: The story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick –  Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC).

This is the fascinating story of an ordinary man who did extraordinary things in a critical situation. A stretcher bearer on Gallipoli who did not know he was a hero. Day after day he brought hundreds of wounded men down the shrapnel-swept gully. He has become a symbol of the valour and ingenuity of Anzac soldiers. Now a legend, he is remembered as Simpson and his Donkey.

John Simpson Kirkpatrick, a stretcher bearer whose brief life ended early in the Gallipoli campaign, is better known today as ‘the man with the donkey’. One of the AIF’s most well-known figures, Simpson was, like many of his comrades, an Englishman. Born on 6 July 1892 at Shields in County Durham, he joined the merchant marine at the age of 17 and began a life of wandering that eventually led him to Australia.