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Thomas Liddell Simpson

Male 1889 - 1918  (29 years)


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  • Name Thomas Liddell Simpson 
    Relationshipwith George William Craxford
    Born 25 May 1889  South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1891  62, Broughton Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1901  4, Ravensbourne Terrace, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1912 
    Chartered accountant 
    Residence 1917  4, Ravensbourne Terrace, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service 1917-1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Second Lieutenant / Durham Light Infantry (64th trench mortar battery) 
    Military Award 9 Sep 1918  Bapaume, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Cross 
    Died 30 Nov 1918  No 3 Clearing Station, Caudry, Nord, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Lobar pneumonia due to military exposure 
    Commemoration 1919  Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Commemoration 1920  Caudry British Cemetery, Caudry, Nord, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I883  Extended Craxford Family | Judith's maternal branch in the Craxford tree, Judith's paternal family tree
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2015 

    Father Robert Anthony Simpson,   b. Abt 1861, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1923, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Mary Anne Liddell,   b. 1864, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1947, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1886  [4
    Family ID F238  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Lily Oswald Crossman,   b. 10 Apr 1889, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1961, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1917  St Aiden's Church, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Witnesses 7 Apr 1917 
    Robert A and Mary A Simpson (his father and mother) 
    BMD Certificates
    MC: Simpson, Thomas Liddell (1917) and Lily Oswald Crossman
    MC: Simpson, Thomas Liddell (1917) and Lily Oswald Crossman
    Of note is the declaration of Lily's father - she was the illegitimate daughter of Mary Ann Crossman
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2013 
    Family ID F9538  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 May 1889 - South Shields, Tyne And Wear Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Second Lieutenant / Durham Light Infantry (64th trench mortar battery) - 1917-1918 - France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCommemoration - 1919 - Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Military Cross
    Military Cross
    There was no gallantry award, lesser than the VC and DSO, for junior officers and warrent officers until shortly after the outbreak of the First World War when the MC was instituted. Originally awarded to captains, lieutentants and warrent officers of the Army (including the RFC), it was subsequently extended to include equivalent ranks of the RAF when performing acts of bravery on the ground and there was even provision for the Royal Naval Division and the Royal Marines during the First World War. Awards were extended to majors by an amending warrent of 1931. As a result of the 1993 Review of gallantry awards and resultant changes to the operational gallantry award system, this award is now available to both officers and other ranks, the Military Medal having been discontinued.

    Text and photograph: Courtesy of Sarah Jane Medals (website now retired)

    BMD Certificates
    DC: Simson, Thomas Liddell (1918)
    DC: Simson, Thomas Liddell (1918)
    Cause of death: lobar puneumonia due to Military Exposure. One theory is that this may be a euphemism for exposure to poison gas
    BC: Simpson, Thomas Liddell (1889)
    BC: Simpson, Thomas Liddell (1889)
    The second son of Robert Anthony Simpson. Won the Military Cross in 1918

    Headstones
    WG: Simpson, Thomas Liddell
    WG: Simpson, Thomas Liddell

    Citation

    Plot: II.D.9
    HS: Simpson Family
    HS: Simpson Family
    This obelisk commemorates the family of Robert Simpson, printer of South Shields.
    South face:
    (Plinth)
    In
    Loving Memory Of
    ROBERT SIMPSON
    Printer of
    South Shields
    Who Died May 23rd 1899
    Aged 67 Years
    And also of
    HANNAH ELLIOTT
    The beloved wife
    Of the above
    Who died November
    21st 1898
    Aged 67 Years
    JOSEPH
    Beloved husband of
    DOROTHY SIMPSON
    And son of the above
    Died Nov 24th 1911
    Aged 46 years
    Peace, Perfect Peace
    (Upper base)
    In Loving Memory Of
    ROBERT ANTHONY SIMPSON
    Dearly beloved husband of
    Mary Anne Simpson
    And eldest son of the above
    Died June 10th 1923 aged 62 years
    (Lower base)
    "Sunset and evening star
    And one clear call for me
    And may there be no moaning at the bar
    When I put out to sea"

    West face:
    In Memory Of
    DOROTHY
    Beloved wife of
    JOSEPH SIMPSON
    Died Dec 22nd 1941
    Aged 72 years

    East face:
    (Plinth)
    In Affectionate Remembrance of
    THOMAS LIDDELL SIMPSON
    2nd Lieutenant, 15th Battalion
    Durham Light Infantry
    who died in France on November 30th 1918
    whilst on active service with His Majesty's Forces
    and is interred in the Extension Cemetery Chaudray
    near Cambrai France
    aged 29 years
    dearly loved husband of LILY OSWALD SIMPSON
    and son of ROBERT ANTHONY SIMPSON and MARY ANN SIMPSON
    and grandson of
    ROBERT SIMPSON South Shields
    In loving memory of
    MARY ANN SIMPSON
    beloved wife of
    ROBERT ANTHONY SIMPSON
    died February 22nd 1947
    aged 83 years

    Plot: 13D plots 1429 and 1430

    Medal Cards
    Simpson, Thomas Liddell
    Simpson, Thomas Liddell
    The card confirms his initial enlistment with the Durham Light Infantry, his advancement to acting corporal, his transfer to Northumberland Fusiliers and his promotion to the rank of Acting 2nd Lieutenant.

    Newspaper Cuttings
    Citation for the award of the Military Cross
    Citation for the award of the Military Cross
    The announcement appeared in the Supplement to the London Gazette Page 643 January 11th 1919

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] 1901 England Census.

    2. [S17] 1891 England Census, South Shields RG12/4155 71 6 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S19] 1901 England Census, South Shields RG13/4726 22 36 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Newcastle upon Tyne 10b 182 (JFM 1886) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, South Shields 10a 1191 (AMJ 1917) (Reliability: 3).


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