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Francis Vaughan Simpkinson

Francis Vaughan Simpkinson

Male 1889 - 1943  (54 years)


  • Name Francis Vaughan Simpkinson  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 02 May 1889  Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Residence Apr 1891  25 Eldon Rd, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Residence Mar 1901  2 Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1902 - 1907  Marlborough College Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Education 1907 - 1910  King's College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 9
    Degree/Qualif. 1910  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [8, 9
    • Mechanical Sciences Tripos, 3rd class
    Occupation Apr 1911  Engineering Student  [4
    Residence Apr 1911  2 Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Occupation 1912  India Find all individuals with events at this location ; Public Works Dept. (State Railways)  [8
    Occupation Aug 1913 - 1920  Assistant Engineer, Great Western Railway  [8, 10
    • 11 Aug 1913: Entered service
      05 Apr 1914: Transferred from Chief Office Paddington to DEO Wolverhampton
      19 Sep 1914: Joined Military Forces as 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers
      30 Oct 1914: Allowance by Coy. 35/-/- per ann. as from Nov 1914
      09 Feb 1917: Salary increase from 140 to 170
      22 Oct 1919: Returned from Army. Will not return to Wolverhampton. To Shrewsbury DEO.
      [GWR employment record]
    Military Service 1914 - 1919  Royal Engineers  [11, 12
    • Commissioned temp 2nd Lieut, RE, as ex-cadet OTC, 01 Oct 1914 [London Gazette, Suppl 30 Sep 1914, p 7773]
      Promoted temp Lieut 26 Aug 1915 [ibid, Suppl 25 Aug 1915, p 8487]
    • Served in France & Belgium from 01 Sep 1915: Lieutenant, 103rd Field Company; Captain, 240 Light Railway Forward Company. [11]
    • Admitted to Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital at Millbank, then to London Hospital 23 Nov to 13 Dec 1916, suffering from iritis and conjunctivitis. [First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen; TNA MH 106/1664]
    • The formation of the RE Light Railway Companies in early 1917 was an innovation that transformed the operational abilities of the army. A Company consisted of approximately 200 men, in a number of trades: Drivers, Brakesmen, Guards, Wagon Repairers, Repair Shop Engineers, Traffic controllers and Storesmen. The job of the Companies was [usually?] to run the trains, with the tracks being laid by RE Railway Construction Companies. [https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-corps-of-royal-engineers-in-the-first-world-war/light-railway-operating-companies-of-the-royal-engineers]
    • 240th (Forward) Light Railway Operating Company appears to be the last of the companies to be formed, on 01 Nov 1918, and the last to be disbanded, at the end of Jul 1919. Its mission by then was maintenance, construction and reconstruction, rather than railway operating as such. Its War Diary is deposited in the National Archives.
      Capt. Simpkinson was O/C for the final 6 weeks, from 15 Jun 1919.
    240th (Forward) Light Railway Operating Company: War Diary Jun-Jul 1919
    240th (Forward) Light Railway Operating Company: War Diary Jun-Jul 1919
    Diary for period under command of Capt. Francis Vaughan Simpkinson
    Francis Vaughan Simpkinson
    Francis Vaughan Simpkinson
    Lieutenant F. V. Simpkinson, 103 Field Co., R.E. Photograph purchased from Messrs. C. Vandyk Ltd. December, 1917.
    Contained in the Imperial War Museum's Bond of Sacrifice collection of more than 16,000 biographies and portraits of men who served in the First World War.
    Degree/Qualif. 03 Dec 1918  AMICE  [9
    Occupation 1919 - 1935  Civil Engineer  [9, 13, 14
    Marriage 30 Nov 1920  Holy Cross Abbey, Shrewsbury Find all individuals with events at this location
    Athol Bruce Blaxland,   b. 29 May 1894, Lilleshall Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1978, Stalisfield Cottage, Temple Ewell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1921 - 1923  Trinidad Find all individuals with events at this location ; District Engineer, Government Railways  [8
    Residence 1921 - 1923  Trinidad Find all individuals with events at this location   [15
    • Passenger on Royal Netherlands "Stuyvesant" arr Plymouth 11 Dec 1923: Francis Simpkinson, emb Trinidad, 1st class, age 34, engineer, UK address 2 Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington, last perm resid Trinidad, future perm resid Scotland. [15]
    Residence 1924  2 Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [16
    Occupation abt 1925 - 1934  Argyle Works, Gethin St, Swansea Find all individuals with events at this location ; Managing Director, Lloyd Brothers Ltd  [8, 13
    Residence abt 1925 - 1934  11 Langland Rd, Mumbles Find all individuals with events at this location   [17
    • reg 1925 also at 5 The Poplars, Gower Rd;
      reg 1926-1934 also at Argyle Works / Glamorgan Yard, Gethin St (resid 11 Langland Rd)
    Ordination abt 1936  Priest, Church of England  [16, 18
    Residence 1936 - 1937  Severn Lodge, Tutshill Find all individuals with events at this location   [16
    Occupation abt 1938 - 1943  St John the Baptist, Old Dalby Find all individuals with events at this location ; Vicar  [18
    Occupation Sep 1939  Clerk in Holy Orders  [5
    Residence Sep 1939  Vicarage, Old Dalby Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Residence 1940  Vicarage, Old Dalby Find all individuals with events at this location   [17
    Death 06 May 1943  Melton Mowbray Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 18, 19
    • On May 6, 1943, suddenly, at the Hospital, Melton Mowbray, the Rev. Francis Vaughan Simpkinson, Vicar of Old Dalby, son of the late H. W. Simpkinson, C.B., of Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington. [The Times]
    Notes 
    • Simpkinson, Francis Vaughan: son of H. W. Simpkinson, C.B., 2 Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington, London. School: Marlborough. Admitted 09 Oct 1907; 3rd Class Mechanical Sciences Tripos 1910. Degree: B.A. 1910. A.M.Inst.C.E. 1918; Indian P.W.D. (State Railways) 1912; Assistant Engineer of Great Western Railway 1913-20 ; District Engineer, Trinidad Government Railways, 1921-23; during the Great War served in Royal Engineers 1914-19; Temporary Captain; is now Managing Director of Lloyd Brothers, Ltd., Builders and Contractors, Swansea. Married, 1920, Athol Bruce Blaxland. Address: 11 Langland Road, Mumbles, Swansea, Glam. [Register, King's College, Cambridge]
    Person ID I1633  Tatham | Morris branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 

    Father Henry Walrond Simpkinson,   b. 05 Jan 1853, Harrow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1934, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Alice Henrietta Tatham,   b. 15 Dec 1850, Highgate Hill, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1934, 2 Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Marriage 12 Nov 1885  Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [20, 21
    Notes 
    • 4 serv Apr 1891 & Mar 1901
    Family ID F0367  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Athol Bruce Blaxland,   b. 29 May 1894, Lilleshall Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1978, Stalisfield Cottage, Temple Ewell Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Engagement 19 Oct 1920    [22
    • The marriage will take place in December between Francis Vaughan Simpkinson (late temp. Captain, R.E.), of 2, Cottesmore-gardens, Kensington, and Athol Bruce Blaxland, Abbey Vicarage, Shrewsbury [The Times, 19 Oct 1920]
    Marriage 30 Nov 1920  Holy Cross Abbey, Shrewsbury Find all individuals with events at this location   [23, 24
    • Simpkinson : Blaxland. On the 30th Nov., at the Abbey Church. Shrewsbury, by the Vicar, father of the bride, Francis Vaughan Simpkinson, A.M.I.C.E., late Temporary Captain, R.E., only son of Mr. H. W. Simpkinson, C.B., and Mrs. Simpkinson, of 2, Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington, and Limpsfield, to Athol Bruce, elder daughter of the Rev. Bruce and Mrs. Blaxland, of the Abbey Vicarage, Shrewsbury. [The Times, 03 Dec 1920]
    Children 
    +1. Angela Vaughan Simpkinson,   b. 01 May 1922, Trinidad? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 2001, Stroud Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +2. Living
    +3. John Vaughan Simpkinson,   b. 08 Sep 1924, Limpsfield Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 2011, Derby Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +4. Living
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F0765  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Kensington, 2Q1889.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 1

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 11

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 21 b Kensington

    5. [S69] Register England & Wales 1939.

    6. [S03] Family Members, CFT.

    7. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Gordon SImpkinson.
      on WikiTree, accessed 12 Dec 2014

    8. [S20] School and College Registers, King's College, Cambridge.

    9. [S07] Other Sources, Institution of Civil Engineers, 03 Dec 1918.
      Membership proposal & election

    10. [S07] Other Sources, Great Western Railway, 1913-.
      Employment records

    11. [S29] Medal Index Cards WW1.

    12. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    13. [S07] Other Sources, Institution of Civil Engineers, Jan 1926.
      List of Associate Members

    14. [S14] National Probate Calendar, 1935.
      probate father's will

    15. [S12] Passenger Lists, Stuyvesant, 11 Dec 1923.

    16. [S25] Electoral Registers.

    17. [S17] Telephone Directories.

    18. [S05] The Times, death notice, 11 May 1943.

    19. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Melton Mowbray, 2Q1943.
      age 54

    20. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Edmonton, 4Q1885.

    21. [S15] Cambridge University Alumni.

    22. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 19 Oct 1920.

    23. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Atcham, 4Q1920.

    24. [S05] The Times, marriages, 03 Dec 1920.