Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick

Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick

John Simpson KirkpatrickJohn Simpson Kirkpatrick was born in South Shields, England on 6 July 1892.  After a brief association with the local Territory Army, Kirkpatrick joined the merchant navy and deserted to New South Wales in May 1910.

While in Perth in August 1914, he joined the Australian Imperial Force as John Simpson.  Part of the 3rd Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps, Private Simpson landed at ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915.  Simpson came across a donkey in a hut, and with it worked up and down the dangerous valleys collecting slightly wounded servicemen and carrying them to the dressing stations.  Simpson soon became known to the men fighting in the tight confines of the Gallipoli beach head.

Simpson continued this work until 19 May 1915, when he was killed in action by Turkish machine gun fire.  Simpson was Mentioned in Despatches for his service.

In 2011, Simpson was listed in the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour.  The following is a link to Chapter 15 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Simpson.

Chapter 15 – Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick


Submissions Received

The Tribunal received 23 written submissions that included reference to Simpson.

Submission 1 – Mr Peter Dermody

Submission 7 – Ms Sharon Telle

Submission 10 – Mr Peter Shaw

Submission 012 – Mrs J D Crowle

Submission 038 – Ms Jill Hall MP

Submission 053 – Lieutenant Colonel Peter Raue (Retd)

Submission 060 – Mr Alfred Brogan

Submission 063 – Secretary_Treasurer 2_1 Australian Machine Gun Battalion Association (Vic)

Submission 067 – Year 2 Students Yakamia Primary School – WA

Submission 089 – Nowra Greenwell Point RSL Sub-Branch

Submission 099 – Mr Graham Wilson

Submission 099 – Mr G Wilson Annex A_Simpson Kirkpatrick Part 1

Submission 099 – Mr G Wilson Annex A_Simpson Kirkpatrick Part 2

Submission 100 – Mr Lloyd Broderick

Submission 116 – Mr Grant Malcolm

Submission 116A – Mr Grant Malcolm (withheld at request of submitter)

Submission 117 – Mr James Mullholland

Submission 124 – Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 191 – Lieutenant Colonel H A Smith SG MC (Retd)

Submission 193 – Mr Chris Schacht

Submission 207 – The Hon John Howard OM AC

Submission 234 – The Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth AC OBE


Photo of John Simpson Kirkpatrick courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986