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Colin George Simpson

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin George AWMM
  • Surname
    Simpson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sparkey AWMM
  • Service number
    73330 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 March 1911 AWMM HavelockPelorous Sounds AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 4 June 1941 AWMM Erua, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Erua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Ann Simpson (mother), Taumoana Street, Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Ann Simpson (mother), Taumoana Street, Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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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 feet 5 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair complexion AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of natural causes AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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About death

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  • Death
    18 September 1998 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Puhinui, Manukau City AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 7 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1942 to 31st March, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 7: WW2 128 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 unknown AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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