Arthur William Simpson

Monmouthshire Regiment

Personal Details

Born:  2 November 1883 in Forden, Montgomeryshire.

Family: He was the eldest of four surviving children born to Joshua Eldridge Simpson, a coachman, and his wife Ellen. He married Isobel Olive Smith on 23 July 1907 in Minety Parish Church, Malesbury, Wiltshire. The couple had two children, Margaret Ellen born 1908 and Norah Clare, born 1910.

Residence: In 1891 Arthur`s family were living at Garreg Bank, Trewern, Forden, Montgomeryshire but ten years later their address was Clive Place, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire. In 1911, and now married, Arthur and his family were living at 11 Belton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. This was the address given for him on the 1919 Absent Voters` List. By 1939 his home was Sunnybank, Long Meadow End, Clun, Shropshire.

Employment: In 1901 his occupation was stated as a general labourer. From at least 1911 onwards he was a gardener.

Died: In 1941 in Ludlow, Shropshire (possible)

Military Details

Regiment: Monmouthshire Regiment

Rank: Private

Service Number: 266581

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Arthur was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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