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Claude Downie SIMPSON

Regimental number1181
Place of birthSouth Melbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
Addressc/o 88th Infantry, Geraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinBrother, R J Simpson, c/o 88th Infantry, Geraldton, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name11th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on the 20th September, 1917, Sgt. SIMPSON was detailed to assist the officer responsible for direction (Lieutenant ARCHIBALD). Before zero hour while the enemy was bombarding our position Sgt. SIMPSON was buried by shellfire and 20 minutes elapsed before he could be dug out and although he was badly shaken he was determined to carry on. While in position on the jumping off tape, Lt. ARCHIBALD was wounded, but was able to move with the attack to the first objective only on account of the invaluable assistance rendered by Sgt. SIMPSON.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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