Mud, trenches, and horrifying destruction

The Northern Territory winner of The Simpson Prize is the second Palmerston Senior College student set to tour World War 1 battlefields ahead of the Anzac Day ceremony at Villers-Bretonneaux in France.

Essayist Finlay Dale created The Untold Battles  in response to the contest question: Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this an accurate statement?

The annual research-based competition is open to Year 9 and 10 students and honours John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the Gallipoli soldier who transported casualties on Duffy, his donkey.
As one of the eight national winners, Finlay’s tour will include London, the combat sites of Ypres, Polygon Wood, Amiens, Arras, Passchendaele, the Bayernwald trenches, the Hindenburg Line, war memorials, museums and cemeteries, with stopovers at Versailles and Paris.
During the 15-day expedition Finlay will join fellow collegian Lovina Koch, winner of the Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Study Tour, for the Villers-Bretonneaux commemoration.
Palmerston Senior College entrants have been runners-up or winners in eight of 10 Simpson Prize competitions.


Last updated: 28 November 2017