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AN­ZAC LEG­ENDS OF GAL­LIPOLI

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UP FRONT -

AL­BERT JACKA

The first Digger to re­ceive the VC, Jacka took a trench at Gal­lipoli sin­gle­hand­edly on May 19, 1915, killing seven Turks and hold­ing the ground all night. He made it home, but died of old wounds aged 39.

JOHN SIMP­SON

English-born John Simp­son Kirk­patrick was a Queens­land cane­cut­ter who joined up in 1914 as a stretcher-bearer. At Gal­lipoli, he used a don­key to ferry the wounded un­der fire – un­til his luck ran out.

JAMES MARTIN

Martin trained as a cadet at school and added four years to his age on the army re­cruit­ing form. He died at Gal­lipoli of a win­ter fever, aged 14 years 9 months – the youngest casualty of war.

ALEC CAMP­BELL

Camp­bell en­listed at 16 and was nick­named “The Kid” on the troop­ship to Gal­lipoli. Wounded at An­zac Cove, he was dis­charged as a vet­eran at 17. He was the last of the Gal­lipoli An­zacs to die, in 2002.

HUGO THROSSELL

Light Horse­man Throssell won a VC for his Gal­lipoli gal­lantry at Hill 60 where, though wounded, he re­fused to leave his post. He re­turned a hero, al­beit dam­aged – and took his own life in 1933.

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