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Donald Petrie Simson

Portrait, 1899 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, 1899 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Petrie AWMM
  • Surname
    Simson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African N/N AWMM
    • WWI 4/642A AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    May 1915, serious gunshot wound to neck and face at Gallipoli. Taken to Heliopolis; invalided to New Zealand. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Donald Simson was the son of Hector Norman Simson and Margaret Simpson of Auckland.

    Two brothers, Donald (N/N; 4/642A) and Herbert Simson (Royal Flying Corps), served in World War 1.

    Donald enlisted in England, commenced duty for WW1 on 23 September 1914 and was commissioned as Captain by 28 September 1914.

    He served with the NZ Engineers (British Section) at Gallipoli.

    Founded and was elected first President of the Returned Services Association, New Zealand.

    On return to active service he was also one of the founders and appointed Honorary Secretary of the Empire Services League. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 1961 AWMM
      Age 82 AWMM
      EpsomAuckland AWMM
    • 20 January 1961 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 81 AWMM
  • Date of death
    20 January 1961 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 18 December 2018 - Waipu Museum
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
    SIMSON, Captain Sir Donald Petrie. K.B.E. On January 20, 1961, at a private hospital; in his 83rd year. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Michaels Church, Remuera, tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10.30am, to be followed by private interment at Howick. (NZ Herald) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 18 December 2018 - Waipu Museum
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18 December 2018SandraWaipuResearcher

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