May 19th 1915
A strong Turkish counter-attack aimed at driving the Anzacs back to the beaches was beaten off. Enemy losses were approximately 3000 dead and 7000 wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel S P Weir, 10th Battalion (South Australia), wrote:
"We can see hundreds of dead bodies from our trenches, and in a couple of days we shall smell them too".
Corporal Albert Jacka, 14th Battalion (Victoria), of Wedderburn, Victoria, became the first Australian soldier of World War I to be awarded the Victoria Cross. He gained this for his bravery in defending Courtney's Post on the night of 19-20 May against a Turkish attack. In addition to his Victoria Cross, Jacka also received the £500 and gold medal offered by Melbourne businessman John Wren for the first Australian to be awarded the VC in this war.
A Turkish sniper's bullet killed Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, 3rd Field Ambulance - 'The Man with the Donkey' - in Monash Valley.
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