Service Number: 835
Enlisted: 17 August 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland , 1890
Home Town: Northam, Northam, Western Australia
Schooling: Crookston Street, Glasgow and Bower Public School, Caithness, Scotland
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: SW right arm, leg & neck, Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom, 26 July 1916
Cemetery: Bower Old Churchyard
A. New Ground. 55. EVEN THEM WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM, Bower Old Churchyard, Scotland, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Northam Fallen
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 835, 11th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, 835, 11th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, 835, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
26 Jul 1916: Involvement Corporal, 835, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Australian Field Artillery-3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery.

Previously served in the 5th Seaforth Highlander Territorials.

Served with the 1st A.I.F. in Gallipoli, Egypt and the Persian Gulf.

Deaths Sep 1916   Simpson James 25 Medway 2a 709
He was25/26 and the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Simpson, of Brabsterdorran, Bowerwick.

Brabsterdorran is an area of the civil parish of Bower in Highland, Scotland.

Bower (Scottish Gaelic: Bàgair) is a village and civil parish in Highland, Scotland It is 10 miles from Thurso and around 11 miles from Wick.

He is remembered on the Bower War Memorial.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 26th July…… James Simpson was born at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland around 1890. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 10th September, 1914 as a 24 year old, single, Carpenter from Northam, Western Australia.

James Simpson stated on his Attestation Papers that he had previously served with 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders for 4 years.

Private James Simpson embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Ascanius (A11) on 31st October, 1914 with the 11th Infantry Battalion, “G” Company. He embarked from Alexandria on H.M.T. Suffolk on 2nd March, 1915 to join M.E.F. (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) at the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Private Simpson was admitted to Casualty Clearing Station at Gallipoli Peninsula on 6th September, 1915 with Debility. He was transferred to Mudros then on to Alexandria via Hospital Ship. Private Simpson was admitted to Hospital at Heliopolis on 11th September, 1915 & discharged to duty on 26th October, 1915.

Private Simpson was admitted back to Hospital on 9th November, 1915 & then transferred to Convalescent Hospital. He was discharged on 5th December, 1915 & rejoined his Unit on 24th December, 1915.

Private Simpson returned to Alexandria & was appointed Lance Corporal on 6th February, 1916 then appointed Corporal on 1st March, 1916 with 11th Battalion.

Corporal Simpson embarked from Alexandria on 29th March 1916 to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 5th April, 1916.

Corporal Simpson was transferred to 3rd Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery on 9th May, 1916 from 11th Battalion while in France.

Corporal James Simpson was wounded in action in France on 3rd July, 1916 at Fleurbaix. He was admitted to Casualty Clearing Station with gunshot wound/s to neck then transferred & admitted to Hospital at Boulogne, France on 8th July, 1916. Corporal Simpson was reported to be seriously ill on 14th July, 1916.

He was transferred to England on 17th July, 1916 on Hospital Ship St. Dennis & admitted to Military Hospital, Chatham, England on 18th July, 1916 with shrapnel wounds to right arm, leg & neck. The Hospital Admissions form records that Corporal Simpson had a compound fracture of tibia. He developed Septicaemia from tibia & pneumonia on right side.

Corporal James Simpson died at 1 pm on 26th July, 1916 at Chatham Military Hospital, England from wounds received in action in France – G.S.W. multiple – right arm, leg & neck.

He was buried in Bower Old Churchyard, Bower, Caithness-shire, Scotland.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)