David Caldow Simpson

David Caldow Simpson

Male 1892 - 1969  (76 years)

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  • Name David Caldow Simpson 
    Born 31 Dec 1892  61 Dames Road, Forest Gate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Father William Simpson, mother Minnie Simpson formerly Rodwell, address 61 Dames Road Wanstead.
    Gender Male 
    Career After school joined Capital & Counties Bank. Post-war (c.1925) founded freight brokers Holme & Simpson, later North British Transport Ltd, using Army surplus lorries. A notable contract was for William Randolph Hearst, relocating Hornby Castle and Bradenstock Hall to be added to St Donat's Castle. This funded the company's expansion to Finsbury Park, Manchester, Hull & Bristol. The company closed in 1975.

    Lived at 11 Osborne Road, Forest Gate, then moved to 45 Osborne Road around 1931/32. (11 Osborne Road was previously occupied by Dorothy's parents the Mullers, so it seems to have been sold or passed to the Simpsons)

    WW2: Army Welfare Officer (Captain), organising troop entertainment.

    Founder Member of Road Haulage Association. Liveryman in Worshipful Company of Carmen, who advise: 'he joined the Company on 3rd June 1946 by Redemption. His address was 146 Bishopsgate, London EC2 and he was listed as a Road Transport Contract Captain.'

    Freeman of the City of London.  [1
    . 28 Mar 1917 
    From the London Gazette, 17 May 1917: 'K. R. Rif. C. The undermentioned cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. (attd.):- David Caldow Simpson. 18 Mar. 1917.' 
    Marriage 19 Mar 1918  [2
    Married Dorothy Helen Muller 
    WW1 Enlistment Regimental number 52012. His Medals Card confirms that he was in the 18th Battalion, the details of which are:
    '18th (Service) Battalion (Arts and Crafts)
    04.06.1915 Formed by Major Sir Herbert Raphael at Gidea park, Essex.
    04.09.1915 Taken over by the War Office and moved to Witley to join the 122nd Brigade of the 41st Division.
    03.05.1916 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
    During 1916
    The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges.
    During 1917
    The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of the Menin Road, Operations on the Flanders coast
    Nov 1917 Moved to Italy to strengthen the Italian resistance.
    Mar 1918 Returned to France and once again engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
    During 1918
    The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Arras, The Battles of the Lys, The Advance in Flanders, The Battle of Ypres, The Battle of Courtrai, The action of Ooteghem.
    11.11.1918 Ended the war in Belgium, Nukerke south of Audenarde.'
    [http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/1508/kings-royal-rifle-corps/]

    His son Alan noted: 'Lieutenant in 18th (21st?) battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps; served in trenches in France; later transferred to RFC/RAF. Adjutant at Salisbury Plain'.

    Alan was right on both Battalions, because in 1918 David Caldow Simpson's marriage certificate stated '21st K.R.R.'.

    In 1918 David Caldow Simpson transferred to the newly-formed Royal Air Force and was posted as follows:
    23 July 18: To No.1 School of Military Aeronautics ('1SofA') (Reading, Berkshire)
    3 Aug 1918: To Eastchurch Station (later RAF Eastchurch)
    (unknown date): No.1 School of Navigation and Bomb Dropping ('1sofN&BD') (Stonehenge)*
    30 Sep 1918: To BGF - day bombing observer
    3 October 1918: Central Hospital (presume Hampstead)
    25 Apr 1919: Dispersed

    *This fits with his son Alan's recollection of him being an 'Adjutant at Salisbury Plain'

    Gazette Entries:-
    28 Sep 1918: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant - Observer Officer
    29 Sep 1918: Lieutenant 
    WW2 27 Dec 1941 
    From the London Gazette, 19 January 1943: 'The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts. without pay and allces. from Army Funds: - 27th Dec. 1941:- David Caldow Simpson (254001).' 
    Census 1911 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    13 Horace Road, Forest Gate, London.
    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  
    Died 2 Mar 1969 
    Buried Kirby-le-Soken  Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11855  Simpson & Elder
    Last Modified 31 Jan 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 Minnia or Minnie Rodwell,   b. 13 Aug 1855, Guildford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb-Mar1948, 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 Dorothy Helen Muller,   b. 22 Feb 1899, West Ham, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1982, Ivy Cottage, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [3
    Married 19 Mar 1918  Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • David Caldow Simpson, 24, Bachelor, 2nd Lieut. 21st K.R.R. (Kings Royal Rifles), 13 Horace Road, Father William Simpson, deceased.
      Dorothy Helen Muller, 21, Spinster, 11 Osbourne Road, Father George William Muller, retired.
      Witnesses: P H Arnold, E C Muller*.
      (*'E C Muller' is almost certainly Evelyn Catherine Muller nee Home)
    Children 
    +1. David Caldow Simpson, LDS RCS,   b. 27 Jul 1919, 11 Osborne Road, Forest Gate, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1985  (Age 66 years)
    +2. Betty Minnia Simpson,   b. 8 Dec 1921, West Ham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 2012, Mayals Green, Swansea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +3. Alan Ian Simpson,   b. 12 Jan 1932, District of West Ham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 2004, Chelsworth, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Photos
    Golden Wedding celebration of David Caldow Simpson and Dorothy (nee Muller), March 1968.
    Golden Wedding celebration of David Caldow Simpson and Dorothy (nee Muller), March 1968.
    L/R: David Caldow Simpson (b.1892), David Caldow Simpson (b.1919), Betty Minnia Simpson, Alan Ian Simpson, Dorothy Helen Simpson nee Muller.
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F178  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    David Caldow Simpson
    David Caldow Simpson
    Taken at the wedding of his daughter Betty on 5 May 1945
    David Caldow Simpson
    David Caldow Simpson
    Taken at Valley Farm, Wissett, Suffolk, which he helped his son Alan to buy. Date c. 1955.
    WW1 Medals Card for David Caldow Simpson.
    WW1 Medals Card for David Caldow Simpson.
    List of King's Royal Rifles men showing DCS's regimental number, rank and services.
    List of King's Royal Rifles men showing DCS's regimental number, rank and services.
    Simpson family at Valley Farm, Wissett.
    Simpson family at Valley Farm, Wissett.
    L-R: Dorothy Helen Simpson nee Muller, Marjorie Simpson nee Lincoln, Alan Ian Simpson, David Caldow Simpson Sr.
    Record of David Caldow Simpson's service with the RAF, 1918.
    Record of David Caldow Simpson's service with the RAF, 1918.
    23 July 18: To No.1 School of Military Aeronautics ('1SofA')
    3 Aug 1918: To Eastchurch Station (later RAF Eastchurch)
    (unknown date): No.1 School of Navigation and Bomb Dropping ('1sofN&BD') (Stonehenge)
    30 Sep 1918: To BGF - day bombing observer
    3 October 1918: Central Hospital (presume Hampstead)
    25 Apr 1919: Dispersed

    [Thanks to Taff at www.khakidevil.co.uk for deciphering]
    From National Archives, Kew. Record WO/338/17/10
    From National Archives, Kew. Record WO/338/17/10
    61 Dames Road, Forest Gate, birthplace of David Caldow Simpson b.1892.
    61 Dames Road, Forest Gate, birthplace of David Caldow Simpson b.1892.
    61 is the middle terrace.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Information kindly supplied by John Gerard Simpson (Reliability: 3).
      From notes made by his son Alan.

    2. [S5] Information kindly supplied by John Gerard Simpson (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S5] Information kindly supplied by John Gerard Simpson.


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