534 Cecil James Simpson was born 31 December 1881 in Montreal, Quebec. He served in militia units in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and worked as a machinist. He joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) on August 20, 1914 and travelled with them to the front in Belgium in December 1914. He was wounded in January 1915 and June 1916, and became seriously ill from influenza in 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal, Corporal, and finally to Sergeant in November 1918. He married a British nurse's aide, Mabel Phyllis Jenner, and settled in Edmonton, Alberta after the war. They had at least two children, Cecil J. Simpson Jr and LCol Arthur R. Simpson. In 1922 the Simpson family moved to Colorado, where Cecil worked in the mining industry. He died in 1950, and is buried in Colorado Springs.