World War 1
Simpson and His Donkey – Mark Greenwood
Two boys grow up in London together. One boy, Jack, sails to Australia seeking adventure.
Jack lands in Gallipoli as a stretcher-bearer. He enlists a donkeys help to tirelessly carry wounded soldiers to the hospital. A strange twist of fate brings the friends together one last time. Highly Recommended.
Titles for Anzac Day:
A Fortunate Life – A.B Facey
Autobiography. Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today.
Most Australians know of Simpson and his donkey, who became heroes at Gallipoli, even among the Turkish forces. Did you know another man carried on rescuing the wounded with the donkey after Simpson died? A story of Anzac heroism.
Soldier Boy – Anthony Hill
The true story of Jim Martin, the youngest Anzac.
On 28th June 1915, young James Martin sailed from Melbourne on the troopship Berrima, bound ultimately for Gallipoli. He was just 14 years old. This is Jim’s extraordinary story of how an enthusiastic school boy became Australia’s youngest Anzac.
World War 2