Fonds Fonds 127 - Cecil James Simpson fonds

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Cecil James Simpson fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 127

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0.5 cm of textual records. - 139 photographs

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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.

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The fonds consists of copies of 8 pages from Cecil Simpson's notebook containing a chronology of his military service and nominal roll of 6 Platoon; uncaptioned photographs (copied from the original negatives) of Simpson, his wife, comrades, and family members; and copies of two items of French and Canadian currency autographed by Simpson and comrades.

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The items were loaned for copying by Cecil J. Simpson Jr in 2008.


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Permission of PPCLI Museum and Archives is required for reproduction and publication.

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A letter from LCol Arthur R. Simpson is in Collection 1, File 31(53)-14.

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