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Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick showed heroism during his service fighting in the Great War. Simpson had a relatively small role in the Great War, but one which was important and impacted on Australian society. Simpson demonstrated the highest qualities even through the numerous challenges that confronted him. The Anzac legend was formed around the time Simpson served in Gallipoli and the qualities reflected his own. The Anzac legend greatly impacted upon the Australian soldiers and Australian society. The Heroic qualities demonstrated by Simpson, have been demonstrated by other Australians since the war, and they continue to reflect the qualities of John Simpson Kirkpatrick. Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick had an exceptionally small role in World War One, but a role which impacted immeasurably on Australian society and soldiers fighting in the war. After the outbreak of war in August 1914, John Simpson Kirkpatrick, enlisted under his middle name and became an ambulance-man and stretcher-bearer in the Medical Corps. He was just twenty-one, and his job was to bring the wounded from the front to ambulance stations for treatment. Though a stretcher bearer, Simpson decided his task could be better accomplished using a donkey to carry his wounded. ...read more.


The bushmen's perceived characteristics were now applied, along with dash and courage in battle, to the Anzac stereotype."4 The Creation of the Anzac Legend was largely used for propaganda. The typical Anzac stereotype was said to be "bravery, humour, mateship, endurance and the belief in a democracy and a fair go for all." These qualities were viewed as heroic qualities. Simpson possessed the qualities that were stereotypical of a true Anzac, but this was not what made him a hero. Simpson was a hero because he was willing to sacrifice his own life to save others, even when he was in risk of death. The Anzac legend not only impacted on the way the soldiers fought, but also the way soldiers were viewed by Australian society. The experienced war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Barlett was influenced by the heroism of the Anzac soldiers. He captured the public imagination, and lectured large audiences around Australia about the Anzac legend. Also impacted upon, Charles Bean the official Australian war historian, was with the soldiers at Gallipoli and the Western Front and helped to develop the Anzac legend, focusing on the qualities of the Australian soldiers. The Anzac legend also impacted on the way society operated. ...read more.


This type of hero encapsulated in Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick."8 In different ways, Hollows embodied different qualities of these past heroic types, which contributed to his enormous popularity in Australian society. Hollows was awarded several awards in recognition of his contribution to Australian society, including Australian of the Year in 1990. The heroism showed by Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, have been replicated in modern society, and the heroic qualities are still evident in modern society. There has been controversy to whether the ANZAC legend is a true indication of the hardships experienced by soldiers involved in the Great War, and it is probable this debate is likely to go on. However, there is no doubt the ANZAC legend has impacted on Australian society, and the way Australians are viewed today. The qualities associated with the Australian way of life: our mateship, bravery, humour and endurance, came to be because of the way the Anzac's coped with the challenges of Gallipoli. John Simpson Kirkpatrick was to a large extent heroic. His qualities resembled that of the Anzac's, and his selflessness is to be admired. He may claim he was just doing his job, but he showed tremendous courage and he went far beyond the call of duty. ...read more.

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