1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
16/08/1918 (Killed in Action)
Joseph James Simpson was the eldest son of John and Matilda Simpson (nee Kennedy). James Simpson was the eldest of six children. He was born on the 9th October 1888 at Ballymully, Moneymore. His father was a farmer. He enlisted at Finner Camp, County Donegal with the 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. In the spring of 1918 the Battalion were disbanded and Private Simpson transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was serving with them when he was killed in action on 16th August 1918. He was 29 years old.
Bertenacre Military Cemetery is situated half way between the villages of Eeke and Godewaersvelde, which are 10 kilometres north-east of Hazebrouck in the department of the Nord. From Eeke, take the D139 and head east. Once over the motorway, which is some 2 kilometres from the village, turn immediately right onto the track leading to Bertenacre Military Cemetery.