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Charles Simson

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1/4 portrait of Rifleman Charles Simson, Reg No 29501, of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 12th Reinforcements to the 1st Battalion, - E Company. Died of wounds in the UK from France on 4 July 1917. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-S2516. No known copyright.

1/4 portrait of Rifleman Charles Simson, Reg No 29501, of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 12th Reinfo …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Simson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Charles Simson AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 29501 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • GoreSouthland AWMM
    • 8 April 1884 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 June 1916 AWMM Gisbourne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ian Simson (father), Te Aroha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 October 1916 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 29501 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 10 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      tanned dark AWMM
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair, plate AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      June 1917 wounded severe right thigh, left buttock AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Ian Simson, of Te Aroha, New Zealand.

    Embarked for France 27 May 1917

    Two birth dates recorded on service record AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    4 July 1917 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    Walton-on-ThamesSurrey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM VIII. D. 12. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Te Aroha First World War Memorial, Kenrick Street, Te Aroha. AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      43: 25 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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