KI hill with Tiger Simpson's cairn officially renamed 'Gallipoli Hill'

CAIRN WORK: Graham Trethewey and Ray Swanson are pictured at the cairn built by Tiger Simpson, prior to repairs undertaken last year.
CAIRN WORK: Graham Trethewey and Ray Swanson are pictured at the cairn built by Tiger Simpson, prior to repairs undertaken last year.

The SA Geographical Names Unit this week officially named "Gallipoli Hill" on Kangaroo Island to honour the spirit of the ANZACs.

The hill located at YMCA corner on Hog Bay Road on the Dudley Peninsula and is home to the stone cairn built by KI digger Tiger Simpson to honour his mates killed in World War I.

KI Legacy chairman Pierre Gregor is behind the naming of the hill and has a long association with the cairn, including organising a working bee last year.

He assisted the 10th Battalion AIF Association in Adelaide with the placement of a commemorative plaque and sign recognising the location and significance of the Tiger Simpson cairn and to coordinate the 'unveiling' ceremony on May 12, 2011.

The sign is a memorial to the Great War 1914 - 1918 and the locals from the Dudley Peninsula area who were part of the 10th Battalion AIF and gave their lives.

Those locals were George Neave and Allan Lashmar, who died at Gallipoli, and Glen Bates, who died Celtic Wood.

The commemorative sign draws attention to a local, Stamford "Tiger" Simpson, also of the 10th Battalion AIF, who survived the ravages of war,

Mr Simpson built the stone cairn on the high feature near YMCA Corner, dedicating it to his mates, who did not make it home.

HILL LOCATION: Gallipoli Hill is located near YMCA corner on Hog Bay Road, Kangaroo Island.

HILL LOCATION: Gallipoli Hill is located near YMCA corner on Hog Bay Road, Kangaroo Island.

"The unveiling was successful and attended by descendants and relatives of those mentioned on the commemorative plaque," Mr Gregor said.

"Subsequent to this ceremony I thought it would be good to give the feature with the cairn more prominence by having the feature officially named and recognised so discussed this with several locals who were supportive."

The KI Council passed a resolution supporting the renaming, but after nothing progressed, Mr Gregor last year decided to file an application to the Surveyor-General to assign the name "Gallipoli Hill" to the feature housing the cairn.

"I am really pleased that the application was supported by several Island entities and in particular expedited by the Geographical Names section of DPTI," he said.

"The cairn has been standing for nearly 100 years and hopefully will stand for 100 more. The successful naming of the feature will help entrench the significance of the site and one man's dedication to those fellow soldiers and local mates who gave their lives."

100 YEARS: Penneshaw KICE campus students put poppies up at the Tiger Simpson memorial cairn on Friday, November 9, 2018.

100 YEARS: Penneshaw KICE campus students put poppies up at the Tiger Simpson memorial cairn on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Students from the Penneshaw campus of KICE visited the cairn on the hill on the 100-year anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War on Remembrance Day 2018.

They placed poppies on the cairn and recognised the service of Tiger Simpson and his mates.

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