Alexander Glass Simpson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: 181971
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Invincible
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea, Jutland
  • Age at Death: 38
  • Date of Death: 31.05.1916
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 16

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 32 Ann St, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Elizabeth Simpson

  • Father:

    Robert Simpson

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Maggie Ann Simpson, 22 Tay Ave, Fairbank, Toronto, Canada

  • Children:

    Alexander, born 10.04.1906 & Stella, born 25.09.1908

More about Alexander Glass Simpson

Son of Robert & Elizabeth Simpson of Dundee.

Alexander Glass Simpson   181971   Royal Navy

SIMPSON___Lost in naval action on 31st May, off H.M.S. Invincible, Alexander Glass Simpson, Royal Fleet Reserve, Aged 38, beloved husband of Maggie Ann Malcolm, 32 Ann Street, Dundee.

Dundee People’s Journal 10th June 1916

Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M.S. Invincible which was a Battle cruiser of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class of three, and the first Battle cruiser to be built by any country in the world.

The ship was built at Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd on Tyneside. She was laid down on 2 April 1906, and launched at 3 p.m. on 13 April 1907 by Lady Allendale.

H.M.S. Invincible,  was lost in the battle of Jutland. H.M.S. Invicible became became the third of Britain´s battleships to explode after a German shell penetrated a turret at 18.33.

After the war, the wreckage was located in 1919 by a minesweeper at 57-02-40 N/ 06-07-15.E in 180 feet (55 m) down. Invincible was blown in half by the midships explosion, and the pieces of the ship rest on a sandy bottom near each other, the stern right-side up and the bow upside-down.

The roof of the aft 12 inch turret is missing, the guns still loaded. She is protected as a War Grave, though her propellers have already been removed by looters.

 

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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