Son of William Simpson, born in New Zealand, while his mother Anne Simpson nee Patchett was born in England.
On enlistment Mr Simpson was described as being 30 years and 2 months.
Private Simpson served a total of 2 years and 199 days in the New Zealand Army. He served overseas between 9 March and 6 July 1942 and again between 3 December 1942 and 12 June 1944. He served within New Zealand between 13 January and 8 March 1942, 7 July 1942 and 2 December 1942 and 13 June and 30 July 1944.
He had Alzheimers dementia for 10 years.
Death Notices: SIMPSON, Colin George (Sparky) (Regtl No 73330). On September 18, 1998; aged 87 years. Loved husband of Mavis, father of Colin and Debbie, stepfather of Dawn and Don, grandfather of Greg and Frania, Shane and Dionne, Hayley, Kurt, Kyle and Glenn, Stacey, Kapua, Heather, Dean, Maria, and great-grandfather of Drew, Millie and Dillion. A special thank you to the dedicated staff of Parkhaven Hospital for their loving care and attention. "A dearly loved husband devoted father and grandfather and will always be remembered with deep affection." A service will be held in the Chapel of Love and Remembrance, Mangere Cemetery, Gate 1, Kirkbridge Rd, on Tuesday, September 22, at 1pm, followed by a burial at Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Pahinui Rd, Papatoetoe. C. H. Barker Ltd FDANZ.
Death Notices: SIMPSON, Colin George (Sparky). On September 18, 1998, dearly loved father of Debbie, father-in-law of Eddie amd cherished poppa of Hayley, Kurt, Kyle amd Glenn. Memories are forever. Until we meet again. Love you Dad.
Death Notices: SIMPSON, Colin George (Sparky). On September 18, 1998. Dearly loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Forever in our hearts with many treasured memories. We will love and always miss you. Resting in peace. Dawn, Greg. Frania. Victoria, Drew, Millie and Tony.
Death Notices: SIMPSON, Colin George (Pop). Loving step-dad to Don, father-in-law to Helen, grandfather to Shane, Dionne, Stephanie, and Tony, and great-grandfather to Dillion. Thank you for your time with us. Time is such a precious thing, that all the time you gave us made us a better family and better people.
9 March 1942. A draft (27 officers and 1005 other ranks) embarked in Rangatira and Monowai at Napier for Fiji. From 'CHRONOLOGY New Zealand in the War 1939-1946' compiled by Robin Kay, 1968. AWMM