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Roy James SIMPSON

Regimental number2865
Place of birthHyde Park South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDriver
Address34 Spencer Terrace, Glenelg, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMrs Elizabeth Simpson, 34 Spencer Terrace, Glenelg, South Australia
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At the commencement of the advance from JEANCOURT on 18th September, 1918, his section commander having been wounded, Private SIMPSON took charge. His section shortly after was reduced to himself and one other, and with great determination he got forward his gun and the whole of his panniers. This extra ammunition was of the greatest value when his platoon became held up from concentrated fire from three enemy machine guns, which were holding up the left of the advance. Although slightly wounded in the face by a piece of shell he brought his gun into action and materially assisted in killing and capturing enemy gun crews. His prompt obedience to orders and cheerful acceptance of dangers were a splendid example to his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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