William (Simmo ) SIMPSON

SIMPSON , William

Service Number: 3439
Enlisted: 18 October 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 7 April 1892
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 August 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie & Widgee War Memorial Gates, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

18 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3439, 4th Pioneer Battalion
25 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 3439, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 3439, 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

William (Simmo) was the eldest of 8 children of John Goldie Simpson and Hannah Steele of Ipswich and Gympie in Queensland. He was working as a Labourer (Timber Getter) in Gympie, QLD when he enlisted in Rockhampton QLD in the AIF (Service No: 3439) with the 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion.

According to the Australian Red Cross Society Enquiry Bureau Files, William was digging a communications trench when he was killed instantly by a High Explosive Shell. He was buried on the spot at Fanning;s Farm, and a cross marked his grave.

A couple of days before his death, one of his mates said that Simmo commented that 'one never knows when a shell may come'.