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Name: Edward SIMPSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Able Seaman Initials: E Service No.: Tyneside Z4205
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Bywell, Northumberland. Age at Death: 22
Unit: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Drake Bn, Royal Naval Division.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: HMS Calliope (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Headquarters on River Tyne at Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland).
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 13 Bell View Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 14 Dale Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery (started work as a Braker).
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 13th November 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Crawcrook Primitive Methodist Centenary Church, Roll of Honour.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, (FR339) Somme, France I.F.17
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 6th January 1917.
Family Details:
Son of John E and Sarah Jane Simpson of 13 Bell View, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (later of Warren Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA).
Notes : Edward enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 17th April 1915. He left the area for training at Crystal Palace, London, 19th April 1915. He was drafted from the 1st Reserve Bn, Blandford, to Drake Bn, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (as a machine gunner), 5th December 1915. He joined the Battalion for duty at Mudros, 10th January 1916. He embarked on the troopship Minnewaska at Mudros, for France, 15th May 1916, and disembarked at Marseilles, 20th May 1916. He was transferred to the 2nd Brigade Machine Gun Company from 1st Drake Bn, 28th June 1916. Edward's character is recorded as very good and his ability as satisfactory.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service.
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