John Simpson Kirkpatrick The Man with the Donkey (Gallipoli)

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John Simpson Kirkpatrick The Man with the Donkey (Gallipoli)

Post by jim3 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Prior to joining the merchant navy in 1909, Kirkpatrick attended 'Barnes Rd.', 'Mortimer Rd.', St. Mary's Sunday School, Tyne Dock and worked as a milkman for Pattinson's. His South Shields friends included Billy Lowes, John Jackson, Jim Wilkinson, John Waters, Willie Jackson Bowman, John Shaw, Wilf Robson, Louis Halliday, William Voyce and John Fenwick (later of Fenwicks Barra's of Laygate). Kirkpatrick's sister, Mrs. Annie Pearson and her husband Adam lived in the town until the late 1950's and attended memorial services at Mortimer Rd. School. If you have come across any of these names in your family tree, or have photographs of any of the above places or know of any stories about Kirkpatrick (his friends or family) which have been passed down from one generation to the next, I'd like to here them. Cheers. Jim3

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Re: John Simpson Kirkpatrick The Man with the Donkey (Gallip

Post by queenvictoriaiii » Mon May 16, 2011 9:37 pm

If you are interested in Kirkpatrick's life story, you may be interested in this You Tube video. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3x5yGe_vhc

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Re: John Simpson Kirkpatrick The Man with the Donkey (Gallip

Post by jeff » Tue May 22, 2012 12:32 pm

Three representations of the man with the donkey. The two "chainsaw" sculptures are on the Promenade at Lakes Entrance on the south coast of Victoria and the other one is the "official" one at the National Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

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Post by jimmywizz » Wed May 23, 2012 3:55 pm

i can never figure out why this story has never been made into a blockbuster film

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Post by jeff » Sat May 26, 2012 7:27 pm

Perhaps they couldn't find an American actor who could do a decent Tyneside accent! :lol:
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Post by westoelad » Sat May 26, 2012 9:02 pm

jimmywizz wrote:i can never figure out why this story has never been made into a blockbuster film
Completely agree Jimmy,

Imagine if our own Ridley Scott happened upon the idea - now he could do the story justice.

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Post by sherri » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:31 pm

Over here, he is generally just known as Simpson and his donkey.
Part of the ANZAC story.

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Post by memor » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:40 pm

jimmywizz wrote:i can never figure out why this story has never been made into a blockbuster film

It would be a real tear jerker.

He gets killed at the end trying to save the donkey from the turks who want to turn the donkey into kebabs.
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Post by Pooter » Wed May 01, 2013 11:39 am

Here's a different view of the statue taken on a visit by my brother in the mid 1980s.

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Re: John Simpson Kirkpatrick The Man with the Donkey (Gallipoli)

Post by Rustic123 » Wed May 10, 2017 2:20 pm

Hi
I am researching my family tree. Reading your article, my grandfather was called John James Shaw and lived 38 Eleanor St/ Dale St, the same period. I, and my sister were born and lived at 6, Eleanor St 1951/54. Any info would be great.

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