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Gerald William Ackroyd SIMPSON

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Surname: SIMPSON

Forename(s): Gerald William Ackroyd

Place of Birth: Halifax, Yorkshire

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Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Age: ---

Date of Death: 1919-01-26

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Grave 111.


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Gerald William Ackroyd Simpson (born 22 August 1889) was the son of William and Emily Charlotte Simpson, née Ackroyd. William was born at Halifax and Emily at North Bierley, Bradford, Yorkshire.

1891 Halifax, Yorkshire Census: 45, Savile Park Road - Gerald W. Simpson, aged 20 months, born Halifax, son of William and Emily C. Simpson.

1901 Grange, Lancashire Census: Charney Hall - Gerald W.A. Simpson, aged 11 years, born Halifax, Yorkshire. Boarder.

1911 Thornton Dale, Yorkshire: Town End Close - Gerald W.A. Simpson, aged aged 21 years, born Halifax, Yorkshire. [Gerald, an Undergraduate of Oxford University, was visiting Reginald W. and Ursula C. Jeffery.]

Gerald was married to Kathleen Maude Johnston in 1914.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Lieut Gerald William Ackroyd, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Theatre of War first served in 3 [Egypt]. Date of entry therein: 26 April 1915.

Gerald was commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton; his name will eventually be erased now that the CWGC have amended their records showing him to be buried at Giggleswick.

Photograph courtesy of Rugby School ('Memorials of Rugbeians, who fell in the Great War Vol 1-7').

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Lieutenant Gerald William Ackroyd SIMPSON

Lieutenant Gerald William Ackroyd SIMPSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Surname: SIMPSON

Forename(s): Gerald William Ackroyd

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Army Ordnance Corps




Died Date: 26/01/1919

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'The London Gazette' (5 October 1914)


The undermentioned to be temporary Lieutenants:–

Dated 6th October, 1914

Gerald William Ackroyd Simpson

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


SIMPSON Gerald William Ackroyd of 4 Harcourt Buildings Temple London and 221 Hampstead Way Middlesex died 25 January 1919 at the North Eastern Hotel Hull Probate London 3 April to Kathleen Maude Ackroyd Simpson widow. Effects £767 19s. 5d.


SIMPSON Emily Charlotte of Birklands Hest Bank Lancaster widow died 27 December 1949 Probate Lancaster 14 March to John William Bell solicitors clerk. Effects £8584 18s. 1d.

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Giggleswick (St. Alkelda) Churchyard

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Giggleswick (St. Alkelda) Churchyard

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Giggleswick (St. Alkelda) Churchyard

Giggleswick (St. Alkelda) Churchyard

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31 January 1919


A tragic discovery was made at the Royal Station Hotel, Hull, on Sunday, and it created a painful impression in this district. Mr. Gerald Ackroyd Simpson, barrister, who has been acting at Hull as Government fish distributor at the fish docks, was found hanging, from a bedpost in his bed-room. Deceased had not come down during the day, and an attendant who went to call him saw a light burning. The hotel manager and Captain Dunlop, a guest at the hotel, entered through the window, and found the deceased, who was fully dressed, hanging in a kneeling position quite dead. Mr. Simpson was married, and his address given as Catterall Hall, Giggleswick. He was the son of the late Mr. William Simpson, managing director of the well-known firm of Simpson & Sons, Ltd., cabinetmakers, of Halifax, who died two years ago.

The inquest was held at Hull on Monday. Evidence was given by George Grainger, hotel porter, who found Lieut. Simpson hanging from a bedpost in his bedroom at 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. The cord of his dressing gown was wrapped tightly round his neck. Dr. Johnson was of opinion that death had taken place some hours before.

Douglas Collins, the hotel manager, who was speaking to Lieut. Simpson on Saturday evening, said he appeared to be extremely cheerful.

Mr. John Taylor Simpson, Brackenholme, Harrogate, said that deceased, his nephew, was 29 years of age. He was a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, and lived at Hessle, near Hull, acting under the Ministry of Food as fish distribution officer for the area. When abroad in Alexandria, Lieut. Simpson had a very serious illness, and was invalided home two and a half years ago. In fact, he was perfectly helpless, and had to be carried on a stretcher; but he made a wonderful recovery. Witness was not aware that he had any financial or other trouble. “My son,” he added, “recently acted as godfather to his last child.”

Mr. Greene, barrister-at-law, Commissioner under the Ministry of Food for the North-Eastern Division, Oxford Row, Leeds, said that Lieut. Simpson was a member of his staff, and was about to be promoted to a higher position in London. Witness had no reason to believe that he was a man of suicidal tendency.

The Coroner, who conducted the inquiry without a jury, returned a verdict of “Suicide while of unsound mind.”

The funeral took place at Giggleswick on Wednesday, and was conducted by the vicar (Rev. T.P. Brocklehurst). In addition to a number local soldiers and ladies and gentlemen of the district, there were present at the funeral Mrs. Simpson (widow), Sir John Johnston (father-in-law), Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Johnson (mother and sister), and Mr. John Simpson, of Harrogate. The coffin was draped by the Union Jack and the grave was beautifully lined with flowers.

Lieutenant Simpson joined the Army in October, 1914, had seen service in the Dardanelles and in Egypt, from the latter country he was invalided home in November, 1917, suffering from dysentery and neuritis, from which he never completely recovered, but was able to take up an appointment under the Ministry of Food and was carrying out his duties at the time of his untimely end. He was a barrister-at-law and practised in the Northern Circuit.


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