The will of a Gallipoli hero, Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, was recently discovered by the State Records Office (SRO) in Western Australia.
Simpson and his donkey became symbols of the Anzac spirit, famed for transporting wounded Australian and New Zealand soldiers from the frontline at Gallipoli to safety in 1915.
Simpson was born in England in 1892, joined the merchant marines at 17 and eventually made his way to Australia.
In August 1914, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and started training at Blackboy Hill camp near Perth.
Simpson disembarked for training in Egypt and it was there, just weeks before his death, he pencilled a will on 6 April, 1915.
“In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother Sarah Simpson,” he wrote.
Gallipoli hero John Simpson Kirkpatrick, was killed at the age of 22 while trying to rescue an injured soldier.
“Simpson was posted to the 3rd Field Ambulance and landed in Gallipoli on 25 April
As a stretcher bearer he decided he would enlist the help of a donkey to carry the wounded.
Only three weeks after landing he was killed by a Turkish bullet during a journey up Monash Valley to help wounded soldiers and became a national symbol of sacrifice and courage.
A man wearing an orange trench coat views Lake Van under a snow-covered tree in the Ercis District of Van inTurkey, in February, 2019.
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Merve Ates, National Geographic Your Shot
Traveling on a ferry between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, Your Shot contributor Merve Ates noticed this composed moment, inspiring her to draw her own connections.
“The boy on the right was sitting next to me. I was listening to the screaming of the seagulls and smelling the sea air and taking several shots but also waiting for a particularly interesting moment, and suddenly I noticed the window reflection.
It seemed like the man and the boy were sitting side by side. In reality, the old man was reading the Koran, while the young boy had a worried look on his face (maybe about his future—who knows?).
Two separate lives, together in the same frame.”
Alexa Keefe is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography around National Geographic.
A Geminid meteor shower streaks through the sky over over the Murat mountains in Turkey.
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A spectacular halo rings the moon at night in Turkey’s eastern Van province, December, 2018.
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A Van cat with two different eye colours is seen at Yüzüncü Yıl University in Van, Turkey.
The Van cat is a distinctive landrace of domestic cat, found in the Lake Van region of eastern Turkey.
It is relatively large, has a chalky white coat, sometimes with ruddy coloration on the head and hindquarters, and has blue or amber eyes or is odd-eyed.
The variety has been referred to as “the swimming cat”, and observed to swim in Lake Van.
Photograph: Özkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images