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2015 Perth Mint PNC - Gallipoli - Simpson and his Donkey

2015 Perth Mint PNC - Gallipoli - Simpson and his Donkey

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2015 Issue 7

The Perth Mint and Australia Post are pleased to commemorate Gallipoli and the service of Field Medicine.

Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick is legendary for his courageous service. Born in England in 1892, he arrived in Australia in 1910. When war broke out, he enlisted in the AIF as John Simpson, and was drafted into the 3rd Ambulance of the Australian Medical Corps. Soon after landing at Gallipoli, he rescued a donkey (possibly more than one) to help him carry the wounded.

Simpson worked day and night, whistling as if unconcerned for his own safety, despite the shrapnel and rifle fire. He was killed just three weeks into his service, on 19 May 1915, but his legend has lived on.

Issue Limit: 11,000.
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