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Lance Corporal George Simpson


Harrogate Herald - 3rd February 1915

W H Breare letter

George Simpson, son of Mr Simpson, of Spofforth, has been wounded, but not seriously. He was shot through the leg.

William Myers, Robert Wetherill, both of the 1st West Yorks, and George Simpson, all three Spofforth men, had the good fortune to meet in the trenches. You can imagine what a joy this lucky encounter would be to them.


Harrogate Herald - 8th August 1917

W H Breare letter

And now having fortified you with the above ray of sunshine, I can tell you that Lance Corporal George Simpson, of the 1st West Yorks, husband of Mrs Alice Simpson, 50 Butler Road, Bilton, fourth and youngest son of Mr & Mrs J Simpson, of High Street, Spofforth, has been wounded four times. I regret to say that he died in the Royal Infirmary, Manchester, on Tuesday, the 31st July. He had been 9 1/2 years in the Army and latterly nine months in hospital. Mrs Simpson came to see me the other day, and at her request I wrote to the depot at York asking for consent to a military funeral. As soon as my letter was received at the York Command I had a telephone message asking for further particulars. In order to trace him they needed his number, which I thought they would get quickest by telephone from the Manchester infirmary. I have no doubt that permission was promptly forthcoming. The Army number of a man is very important. In fact, it is the only means of identification, therefore in giving addresses and names of soldiers the number should not be omitted. You know this perfectly well, but as most of your friends at home read this letter I mention it here so that it will catch their eyes.


Harrogate Herald - 8th August 1917

Lance Corporal George Simpson, West Yorks, of 50 Butler Road, Bilton, Harrogate, son of Mr and Mrs Simpson, of Spofforth, has died of wounds. He was wounded for the first time in October last, but recovered, and again went to the Front. He will be buried at Spofforth today with full military honours.



Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

1st Battalion

LCpl George Simpson (9019)

Born : Aketon, Harrogate

Enlisted : Harrogate

Residence : Spofforth [mp]

Died : 1st August 1917

Died of Wounds

France and Flanders


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