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neil black

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I am researching a lance corporal in the 2nd battalion Cameron Highlanders .

The 1911 census has him on a troopship name unknown returning from India.

His name is Robert Simpson born in Cluny Fife on the 11/10/1888.

As the census was taken on the 2nd of April he is aged as being 22 years.

I would appreciate any information regarding where the battalion was august /September/October 1914.

If I was able to obtain any knowledge of his army number I would look ancestry as I am a member.

Neil Black.

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According to the Long, Long Trail the Bn returned from Poona to the UK. http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/queens-own-cameron-highlanders/

It embarked at Southampton on 19/12/1914 and arrived at Havre the next day. The Unit WD is at WO 95/2264/3 and the 81 Infantry Brigade WD is at WO 95/2263/1. There are two possible Robert Simpsons Cameron Highlanders who qualify for the 1914-15 Star with a date of 19/12/1914. The Medal Rolls show that they both served in 2 Bn and both have Silver War Badges.

7756 L/Cpl Robert Simpson enlisted on 03/01/1907 and was discharged cause sickness on 31/12/1915. No age is shown. He was discharged from 3 Bn. (see TLLT). 

SWB Roll Perth Record Office G 1-300 (WO 329/3061 p 236/301 on Ancestry).

8083 Pte Robert Simpson enlisted on 04/12/1907 and was discharged on 13/03/1919 age 30.

SWB Roll Perth Record Office G 1101-1344 (WO 329/3068 p 133/247 on Ancestry).



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Hi Brian,


I'd like to thank you for your help in providing information on Robert Simpson, who was my grandmother's brother.


I've looked at the Ancestry records and I think the first person you mention might be the right one.  Robert followed in his grandfather's footsteps in military service in India, Hugh Wilson was away for 10 years at Lucknow with the 42nd Foot.


Many thanks, Neil.

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