|Place of birth||Abbotsford, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||15 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Father, H Simpson, 15 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served in the 48th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/24/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||2nd Machine Gun Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Family/military connections||Brother: 5417 Pte Harold Thomas SIMPSON, Australian Veterinary Hospital, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.|
War service: joined 7th Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 20 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Taken on strength, No. 2 Machine Gun Company, 7th Bn, Serapeum, 12 March 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 March 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 March 1916. Reverted to Private at own request. Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 22 August 1917 (adenitis); transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station, 22 August 1917; rejoined unit, 4 September 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 5 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 21 September 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal