Medals of the Month - October 2021
The Medals of the Month feature for October 2021 pays tribute to a soldier from New South Wales whose medals were awarded posthumously and provided to the next of kin shortly after the First World War. The location of the medals today is not known to the Army Museum of NSW.
Medals similar to those awarded for service by Lieutenant Hubert Sydney Centennial Simpson,
13th Australian Infantry Battalion.
L-R: 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal 1914-20; Victory Medal with Mentioned in Despatches Clasp.
1887. Born at Redfern NSW, son of Frederick Washington Simpson and Emily Simpson.
1914. Single and a clerk residing at Haberfield, NSW, Hubert Simpson enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 20th September at the age of 26 years and 10 months. He was posted to the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion.
1914. Promoted to the rank of corporal on 2nd October.
1915. Promoted to the rank of sergeant on 10th May while serving on operations on the Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey.
1916. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 23rd August.
1916. Mentioned in Despatches on 12th November for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.
The recommendation by Major General H.V. Cox (Commander of the 4th Australian Division reads...
2/Lieut. SIMPSON'S work has been consistently excellent, both in and out of the trenches. He acted as Company Sergeant Major until he obtained his Commission on 23rd August 1916 and as such commanded the respect of all ranks. His energy in keeping up supplies and ammunition to his Company during decisive heavy fighting at POZIERES was untiring. As a Platoon Commander in the attack on MOUQUET FARM on night 29/30th August he led his platoon bravely and coolly.
1916. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion on 14th December.
Lieutenant Hubert Simpson, 13th Australian Infantry Battalion.
(Image by courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - Image H00049).
1917. Detached to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford, England on 1st October for training as an instructor. Re-joined the 13th Battalion at Le Havre, France on 16th December.
1918. Wounded in action on 30th March and died the same day near the village of Hèbuterne in the Pas-de-Calais Department, Hèbuterne is approximately 35 km north-east of the city Amiens
Lieutenant Simpson now rests in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, about 3 km north of Hèbuterne.
Foncquevillers Military Cemetery,
Pas-de-Calais Department, northern France.
Lest We Forget
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