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Captain Geoffrey Barnsley Simpson


Harrogate Herald - 20th January 1915

The following is a list of members of the Harrogate Cricket Club who have joined some branch of His Majesty's Forces, as referred to by Mr Idle at the last meeting of the Yorkshire Cricket Council : 

A A Alderson, R Alderson, G Alderson, Lieutenant H E Appleyard, Lieutenant O J Addyman, A W Adams, H Blackburn, J Butterworth, J Brassington, B E Brown, H Bush, P J Barker, Dr A L Bastable, Captain A B Boyd-Carpenter, O Bastable, C Chippindale, W Crust, D H Drake, G L Dimmock, Lieutenant W H Brennan, A G Fraser, E H Gomersall, T W Green, A Gofton, W F Gibson, S Holmes, J Houfe, Rev D Hoole, S A Harrison, W Langley, Lieutenant W E L Lapham, Major W F Leader, G H Lamb, C A Mantle, Hon. R Captain Moreton, K L Newstead, Lieutenant R G Raworth, H W Rymer, S Royce, T W L Strother, J M Strother, Captain F H Shaw, G B Simpson, Alex Stott, A A Thomson, G E Topham, W Voakes, Hon E Major Wood, Military Police, K Wesley-Smith.

Total of 51, of which 8 are from the 1st XI


Claro Times - 19th November 1915

Captain G B Simpson, 7th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, has died at a French hospital from wounds received in action. Captain Simpson was the son of the late Mr T S Simpson, solicitor, Leeds, and Mrs Simpson of St James's Park, Harrogate. He was educated at Charnley Hall Grange, at Repton, and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he obtained a law scholarship and graduated in the Law Tripos in 191?. Both at Repton and at Cambridge he was a member of the OTC.

At the outbreak of war he took a commission in the York and Lancaster Regiment as an officer, and in March obtained his captaincy. He went to the Front in July. At the time of his death he was articled to his uncle, Mr E O Simpson, solicitor, Leeds, of the form of Messrs Simpson and Curtis. Captain Simpson was a keen cricketer and hockey player, and was for some time captain of the Harrogate cricket eleven. His commanding officer writes : "Your son was a great favourite with us, and I do not exaggerate when I say that I looked upon him as one of my best officers. He always did his duty fearlessly and without and thought of sparing himself".

His many friends connected with the Cricket Club will feel keenly the loss of a genial comrade in the playing field, and a clever exponent of the leading summer game.


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