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Northampton Independent, 24th March 1937

Captain Harold Benjamin Simpson

Death of Local Officer

Captain Harold Benjamin SimpsonThe death of Captain Harold Benjamin Simpson, which took place somewhat suddenly at his home at Chelveston was due to his war injuries sustained while fighting with the 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. In the early days of the war he was one of the first to rally round Edgar Mobbs, and became a private in the famous Mobbs’ Company of the 7th Battalion, Northants regiment. Given a commission, he was posted to the 6th Battalion, with which he went to France under Colonel Ripley. Participating in some of the heaviest fighting, he was, in 1916, invalided back to England suffering from severe shell shock. Afterwards he was at various home depots, but his war experiences had wrecked his health, and he never recovered sufficiently to make possible a resumption of his scholastic and sporting career. He passed away as a result of a blood vessel bursting in his head.

The deceased  was 45 years of age, and he was the third son of the late Mr. W. Hirst Simpson, C.B.E.

The funeral took place on Friday, amid many manifestations of mourning. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and the deceased officer’s cap and sword.

In France in WWI : l-r: Captain J G Willows, Colonel G E Ripley, Captain Beacham and Captain H B Simpson

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