No.30851, Private, Frank SIMPSON
Aged 26

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in action on/since 30th November 1917

Frank Simpson was born in Somerton (4th qtr 1892 Sudbury 4a:652), son of Thomas and Jane SIMPSON (née )

1901 census...Aged 9, he was at Hall Cottage, Somerton with his father Thomas SIMPSON, [48] horsekeeper ; his mother Jane [42]; brothers George [21], Harry [19] and Arthur [16] farm workers and John [4]; sisters Mary [11] and Edith [2]. All were born in Somerton.

1911 census...Aged 19 farm labourer, he was at "Sunnyside" Thurston End, Hawkedon with his parents (mother now recorded as born Finstead End, Glemsford); brothers Harry and John; sisters Edith and Honor Maud [8] born Somerton. His mother had lost 2 of her 9 children.

His father died in 1915 and mother in 1916.

On the pension card his sister Honor is at 101 High Street, Harlesdon, London

He enlisted in Hartest.
The battalion war diary:-
30 November 1917. In Reserve in QUARRY. Enemy counter-attacked. 13 Officers and 219 OR missing. HQ and A Coy surrounded and captured. Enemy broke through Division on the right and attacked battalion in the rear

CWGC has 33 of the battalion killed that day, none has a known grave

Frank Simpson is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France panel 4

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