What makes a hero?

I’ve already asked a similar question in my post, Saving Lives – Which One Will Make You a Hero?

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This time I ask it with the seriousness that comes with ANZAC day and our recognition and respect for the soldiers who fought.


I was originally going to write about Simpson and his donkey – the story of a stretcher bearer who risked his life to save hundreds at Gallipoli. His story captured the hearts of a nation and is well known by Australians. You can read about it here.

I’m going to tell you about a hero who joined up mainly because of a murder scandal. He also went AWOL, played an ingenious trick on the officers and later pulled off a daring heist.

While his bravery on the field is in no doubt, it could be how he survived his childhood that gives him real hero status.

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