SIMPSON, Leonard Christopher
(Service number 11/587)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||9 May 1891||Place of Birth||Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|Date||13 August 1914||Age|
|Address at Enlistment||C/- J Campion, Fordell, NZ|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Son of John Simpson (father) Lee's Line, Feilding NZ|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||Wellington Mounted Rifles||Served in||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Orari or Arawa|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||HMNZT 6. 10|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Wellington Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||9 August 1915||Age||24|
|Place of Death||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Notices||Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2800, 28 August 1915, Page 2|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Chunuk Bair (NZ) Memorial, Gallipoli Turkey|
|Memorial Reference||Panel 6|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru (as L C Simpson)?; Waimate First World War Memorial(as L Simpson)?; Fielding War Memorial (shown as L C Simpson)|
The Timaru War memoiral features "L C Simpson" and the Waimate Memorial features "L Simpson", which initially were thought to connect to Leonard Christopher Simpson (11/587). However Leonard appears to have no connection to South Canterbury. Further research by a descendant of Frederick Leonard Simpson (who was working at Morven prior to the war) resulted in the suggestion he was in fact the man being commemorated at Waimate, and hence the Timaru War Memorial.
Leonard Christopher Simpson was the son of John Simpson and Elisabeth Simpson nee Stringer. Parents died in 1931 (father) and 1948 mother and both buried in Fielding Cemetery. Brother Archie Frank Simpson (No 48283) died of disease 6 Dec 1917, while his other brother Percy Rowland Simpson (No 28552) was discharged for medical reasons. Sisters Minnie Part (b.1900) and Jessie May Stringer (b.1912). Leonard Simpson's name is also recorded on his parents gravestone, Fielding cemetery.
Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, PapersPast, NZ Archives War record
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Researched and Written by
Liz Shea (SC branch NZSG)
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