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RAMC profile of:
William Mathias SIMPELL
[Service No:  1673]
 
 


Place or Date
of Birth:
Birkenhead, Chester on 13th June 1895

Service Number: 1673

TF Number: 337272

Rank: Pte

Unit: 1st West Lancashire Divisional Field Ambulance

Attached To: 87th (1/1st West Lancs) Field Ambulance

Enlistment Location: Liverpool, Lancs

Also Served:

Outcome: Died of wounds

Date Died: 18/05/1917
Age Died:

Where Buried and/or Commemorated: France - Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais

Awards:

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Other Information:

William was educated at West Kirby School, and at Laird School of Arts, then became an Artist and Sign Writer. He enlisted in the R.A.M.C. (T.F.) on 9th September 1914, joining at Liverpool he was embodied onto the 1st West Lancashire Divisional Field Ambulance. He was 19 years and 3 months old at the time. He went to Gallipoli on 19th March 1915, then proceeded to France - leaving Egypt on 13th March 1916, he disembarked at Marseilles on the 20th. He received a gun shot wound to his left arm on 3rd May 1917 and was evacuated back to Etaples. He then developed tetanus and died at No 1 Canadian General Hospital. His Officer Commanding wrote: “He was one of those for whom I entertained the highest esteem and regard. Quiet, unassuming, always ready to do his duty or oblige his fellows, he had won a high place in the esteem of his comrades.” William was the only son of Elizabeth M Simpell of 16 Sapphire or Sophia Street, Liverpool.


 
Additional Information: Date Added: Monday 07 October, 2013
 
William's final resting place. [Photograph taken by Barbara Janman]


  
 
 
 
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