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Excelsior James SIMPSON

Regimental number1400
Place of birthStawell, Victoria
SchoolConcongella State School, No.1136, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressStawell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bessie Simpson, Doctors Creek, Stawell, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil.
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWounded on 4 October 1917 and died three days later.
FateDied of wounds 7 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death25.5
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialHazebrouck Communal Cemetery (Plot III, Row F, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Stawell Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: William and Bessie (d. 26 September 1938, aged 69; bu. Stawell) SIMPSON, Stawell, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins (2nd): 3653 Pte Wesley Henry MITCHELL, 29th Bn, killed in action; 6395 Pte Edgar Ernest MITCHELL, 37th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 March 1918; 7526 Pte Charles Joseph James MOONEY, 7th Bn, killed in action, 9 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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