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Thomas William Simpson
- Date of enlistment: May 1916
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 305325
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
- Unit/Ship: 46th Field Ambulance
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 26
- Date of Death: 24.07.1918
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Vauxbuin French National Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I.A.16
- Date of Birth: 18.04.1892
- Place of Birth: Broughty Ferry
- Address: 62 Fort St, Broughty Ferry
- Occupation: Printer, Brook St, Broughty Ferry
Emma Simpson (nee McDonald) 2 Ramsay Pl, Broughty Ferry
James Simpson, 2 Ramsay Pl, Broughty Ferry
4 brothers (names unknown)
More about Thomas William Simpson
Private Simpson was serving with 46th Field Ambulance unit supporting the 15th Scottish Division troops at the time of his death, however is service number is one of a batch allocated to the 3rd Highland Ambulance unit. This suggests that he may have been transferred from one to the other at some stage in his military career.
Thomas was the fifth son of James Simpson and his wife Emma McDonald, Broughty Ferry. Before enlisting in May 1916 he was assisting his father, a well known Arbroathian, in his printing office in Broughty Ferry. He served in France for 14 months, and while engaged in ambulance work he was killed by a shell near Soissons on 24 July 1918. Private Simpson had 4 brothers on service. A poem to his memory, by William Birrell, author of “War and Patriotic Poems” was published in the Broughty Ferry “Guide.” (Arbroath Roll of Honour, page 194).
Thomas W. Simpson 305325 R.A.M.C.
Mr James Simpson, stationer and printer, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, was yesterday notified that his fifth son, Private Thomas W. Simpson, R.A.M.C., had been killed in France. At the time of his death he was attending the wounded in a casualty station, when a shell came over and caused many casualties. At the time of enlistment, two years ago, the deceased soldier was a printer in his father’s office, and was well liked by all who knew him. Mr Simpson has other four sons serving, two being commissioned officers in the navy, one a sergeant in the A.S.C., and another in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Dundee Courier 30th July 1918
He was a former pupil of Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry and is remembered on the schools war memorial.
Additional information kindly supplied by Jim Flood. Additional information supplied by Gary Thomson. Further information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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