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Richard Spence Volkman Simpson

Portrait, Richard Spence Volkman Simpson (left) and unnamed soldier - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Richard Spence Volkman Simpson (left) and unnamed soldier - This image may be subject to c …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard Spence Volkman AWMM
  • Surname
    Simpson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Dick AWMM
  • Service number
    63198 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • Monte Cassino AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    63198 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Solicitor/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 foot 1 inch AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Tinnitus AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Gunshot wound left knee AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Sensory neural deafness AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pneumonia, stroke AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    Statement of Service: served overseas 7 April 1941 - 21 April 1945; served in New Zealand 7 October 1939 - 9 February 19419 February 1941 - 6 April 1941; 22 April 1945 - 27 July 1945

    Aide de Camp to General Alexander, Tunisia Campaign (1943)

    Lifelong supporter of Victoria University. Victoria Council 1951 - 1975, Pro Chancellor 1966-1968, Chancellor 1968-1975. Awarded Honorary LLD, Victoria University 1976; president Wellington Law Society 1974-1985; chairman QEII Arts Council in the mid 1960's in recognition of his distinguished service to his country, his community and his University

    Awarded the CBE AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 May 2005 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Dominion; Evening Post

    Obituary: Dominion Post 2 June 2005 "Gentle father was impressive legal force" AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 322 AWMM
    • McHardy, B. (2002). Bring on the Music: A life in the law, arts and community: R.S.V. (Dick) Simpson. Wellington, N.Z.: Steele Roberts. AWMM
    • Hamilton, S. (2002). A radical tradition : a history of the Victoria University. Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association in association with Steele Roberts. AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      "The African campaign from El Alamein to Tunis, from 19th August 1942 to 13th May 1943" Dispatch from Field Marshall Alexander, in London Gazette Supplement 3 February 1948 AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Death Notice: Dominion; Evening Post AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Obituary: Dominion Post 2 June 2005 "Gentle father was impressive legal force" AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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