Mikayla Mulipola would like to share with you her interpretation of The Life of Jack Simpson the infamous soldier who saved many men from the horror of the battlefields.
There was a young man whose name was Jack. Jack had a donkey whose name was Duffy. During the summer holidays Jack would often take Duffy out for walks on the beach and would ask people that strolled past if they would like a donkey ride for a penny. However, Jack would always dream of adventures.
One day the world was at war and Jack and Duffy were taken away from their loving family to fight for their country. At first Jack thought it was going to be a great adventure and that this was a good way to earn respect – but during training camp, Jack showed none of the qualities of a good soldier.
However, Jack still sailed with the others to a distant shore, on a moonless April morning, to a place where legends were soon born. The commissioner gave Jack the job of carrying wounded soldiers from the battlefront. Jack couldn’t carry the soldiers alone so he acquired the help of his donkey, Duffy. Duffy was a big help. Jack would put wounded soldiers on his donkey’s back and bring them to a small, hut like hospital on a beach. Jack would also take water to thirsty soldiers so that they could be hydrated again and be ready to fight again. He would have cheerful words and smiles for those on the battle fields who were white with uncontrollable fear.
Sikh gunners named Jack ‘Bahadur’ which meant ‘Bravest of the Brave’.
Jack and Duffy were heroic soldiers with hearts of pure gold. This a story of two heroes among many.