William Caldow Nelson Simpson

Male 1889 - 1961  (71 years)


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  • Name William Caldow Nelson Simpson 
    Born 2 Aug 1889  West Ham, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Confirmed by RAF service record at National Archives and the 1939 Register
    Gender Male 
    . 1889-1893 
    The Death Index of Apr-Jun 1961 records William C N Simpson aged 71 (which matches the Birth Index, the National Archive service record and the 1939 Register, namely 2 August 1889). By contrast the 1911 census records William Simpson aged 18, giving a birth date of 1892-93 (and born in Forest Gate), but this family seems to have changed their ages at will... 
    Census 1911  13 Horace Road, Forest Gate, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minnia Simpson, Head, 43, Widow, born in Guildford, Surrey.
    Harold Simpson, Son, 23, Single, Builder's Assistant, born in Forest Gate.
    Ivy Simpson, Daughter, 21, Single, born in Forest Gate.
    William Simpson, Son, 18, Clerk to LCC (Tramways), born in Forest Gate.
    David Simpson, Son, 16, Single, Printer's Assistant, born in Forest Gate  
    WW1 Enlistment 15 Feb 1916 
    From RAF service record at National Archives, ref ADM 188/583/434:

    Height 5'7", Chest 36", Hair Brown, Eyes Brown, Complexion Fair.
    Royal Naval Air Service 15 Feb 1916 - 31 March 1918; thence RAF.
    Ship served in: HMS President II (Chingford and Crystal Palace)
    Number: 12016
    Rating: A.M.II(g)

    'Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1919' states that he was in the Royal Navy and his service number was F11934.

    Notes from the internet: Naval personnel required to work in London are born on the books of HMS President. During WWI there was a whole series of establishments, up to at least President V.

    HMS President II was a 'stone frigate' (shore base), the accounting base for the RNAS. Sometimes the clerks would write where the person was in brackets after it and that could range from Luce Bay to Crystal Palace and also included Calais or Dunkerque. As it was an accounting base someone listed at President II could also be on a ship or boat too small for its own paymaster.

    The Crystal Palace at Sydenham was taken over by the RN in early September 1914 to be the RND Divisional Depot (in November 1914 this role was taken over by Blandford Camp). 
    1939 Register 29 Sep 1939  12 Buckingham Road, Wanstead & Woodford MB, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simpson William, M, 2 Aug 89, S, Clerk War Office
    Simpson Minnia, F, 13 Aug 70*, W, Household duties

    *The birthdate of 1870 is clearly nonsense! 
    Marriage 12 Jun 1954  Camberwell, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Exact date from Haynes family tree at ancestry.co.uk 
    Career 1961 
    Surveyor 
    Life Story Betty Harries nee Simpson recounted that he married late in life, was a bit of a scrounger who lived with his mother, dabbled in buying and selling houses and was not well liked. Dorothy Muller in particular disliked him. He lived in Wanstead, possibly Cambridge Park Road, but not Dulverton where the aunts of the previous generation lived. No children.  [1
    Probate 1961 
    Died 20 May 1961  Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 12 Jul 1961  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    SIMPSON William Caldow Nelson of 4 The Shrubbery Grosvenor Road Wanstead London E11 died 20 May 1961 at Whipps Cross Hospital Leytonstone Essex Administration London 12 July to Doris Florence Ethel Simpson widow. Effects 5516 5s. 
    Person ID I11854  Simpson & Elder
    Last Modified 18 May 2017 

    Father William David Simpson,   b. 22 Oct 1846, Whitechapel Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1896, West Ham, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Minnie later Minnia Rodwell,   b. 13 Aug 1855, Guildford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1948, Registration District 'Essex South Western' Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1887  West Ham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date from family notes
    Family ID F177  Group Sheet

    Family Doris Florence Ethel Haynes,   b. 23 Jul 1909, West Ham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul-Sep 1982, Kingston-upon-Thames Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1954  Camberwell, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F290  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Information kindly supplied by John Gerard Simpson (Reliability: 2).
      From Betty Harries 2011


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