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49824   Private Joseph James Simpson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/10/1888
Died: 16/08/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bertenacre Military Cemetery
  Fletre, Nord
Grave Ref: Grave 1-D-7
CWGC Casualty 273684
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.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Moneymore War Memorial Moneymore
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 272
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Simpson family 1901 census lists James as age 11 at house 4 in Ballymully, Moneymore
2 1911 Census lists Simpson family 1911 census does not list Joseph James at house 6 in Ballymully, Moneymore
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Joseph James Simpson
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Joseph James Simpson's grave can be purchased here
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