Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli
17 May 1915
Today I am relieved that I am alive. My name is Jack Simpson and
I am a medic in the army. I saved more than 15 people with the
help of my donkey Duffy. We had 11 trips up and down the valley
to the hospital. When I collected one wounded soldier a bullet
whizzed past my head and there was a disgusting smell of gun
smoke and blood in the air.
An old school friend had been shot in the leg so I quickly bandaged
him and put him on Duffy’s back. It was so hot that I was dripping
in sweat and I really want some clean clothes to change into.
My mouth is dry and I am always thirsty. I wish this
terrible war would end tonight.