7 Mar 2013

Victoria Cross declined

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:20 pm on 7 March 2013

There will be no Victoria Cross for John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the stretcher bearer at Gallipoli made famous by a painting showing him carrying wounded soldiers on a donkey. An Australian Defence Department committee has found there are no grounds to justify the honour because the Simpson was no more gallant or brave than any other stretcher bearer who went up and down Shrapnel and Monash Gully with wounded soldiers while under Turkish fire.