Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli
24 May 1915
My name is Jack Simpson and I am a medic in the war. Today I
am relieved that I survived another day because a bullet
whizzed past my head. I have a donkey called Duffy. Most of
the time we trek up and down the steep hillside rescuing
We sailed to Turkey and landed on the beach a month ago. We
didn’t know the Turks knew we were coming. They shot at us
when we got out of the boat and onto the shore. I heard guns
going off and bombs blowing up everywhere. I smelt gun
smoke in the air. An hour later my friend John got shot in the
arm. I quickly bandaged his arm and put him on Duffy’s back
and we went back down to the beach and got him onto a
A moment later I felt the ground shake and I heard a bomb go
off. I felt terrified.
It is only the first day and I really want to go home.