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Hi All

A recent thread resulted in an excuse to peruse old comics and I was particularly interested in couple of stories - unfortuneatly the thread didn't provide any further info - I've provided the background to these tales in the hope that someone may have a little more detail / accuracy? As a new member I apologise in advance if this breaches any protocol!

L/Sgt Walter Simpson of Lincs Regt awarded VC for his part in a bridge capture on the River Cojeul near Etaing 2/9/1918. Story states that his real name was Arthur Evans but did not give further detail. Quick look on forum produced this old thread, [link no longer working]

 

Story of Private Harold Fleming won MM on Easter Monday 8/4/1917 at Vimy Ridge. Returned home to Vancouver after the war only to return and serve as Mech. Quartermaster-Sgt in WW2 - served alongside his son Ray a Sgt Tank-Commander who won his own MM in Holland in Sept 1944.

Major EA Wood later Brigadier-General, famous for carrying a broken lance as a form of walking-stick ? - his service saw him command the 6th Batt. of Shrops. Light-Infantry - won the DSO with 3 bars and died aged 100 in 1967.

Regards

Sean

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Re Maj EA Wood

strongly suggest that you PM Annette Burgoyne (forum member 6th Shropshires)

Stephen

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Hi Sean

I got an email saying you have sent a PM titled E A Wood, to my old user name but I no-longer use that one and can't remember the password, so can't see the PM. What would you like to know about Brigadier Wood.

Annette

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Hi Annette

The story of Brigadier Wood was featured on an early 70's Victor Comic I was reading. It was very "broad-brush" but I got the impression that there would be a lot of interesting info in the detail.

Do the bare facts I posted stack up? there was also no explanation of how his awards were won.

Anything you could offer would be welcomed - please feel free to direct me to existing sources I don't want you to have to turn biographer!

Regards

Sean

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Hi All

A recent thread resulted in an excuse to peruse old comics and I was particularly interested in couple of stories - unfortuneatly the thread didn't provide any further info - I've provided the background to these tales in the hope that someone may have a little more detail / accuracy? As a new member I apologise in advance if this breaches any protocol!

L/Sgt Walter Simpson of Lincs Regt awarded VC for his part in a bridge capture on the River Cojeul near Etaing 2/9/1918. Story states that his real name was Arthur Evans but did not give further detail. Quick look on forum produced this old thread,

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/i...?showtopic=3629

Story of Private Harold Fleming won MM on Easter Monday 8/4/1917 at Vimy Ridge. Returned home to Vancouver after the war only to return and serve as Mech. Quartermaster-Sgt in WW2 - served alongside his son Ray a Sgt Tank-Commander who won his own MM in Holland in Sept 1944.

Major EA Wood later Brigadier-General, famous for carrying a broken lance as a form of walking-stick ? - his service saw him command the 6th Batt. of Shrops. Light-Infantry - won the DSO with 3 bars and died aged 100 in 1967.

Regards

Sean

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Hi All

A recent thread resulted in an excuse to peruse old comics and I was particularly interested in couple of stories - unfortuneatly the thread didn't provide any further info - I've provided the background to these tales in the hope that someone may have a little more detail / accuracy? As a new member I apologise in advance if this breaches any protocol!

L/Sgt Walter Simpson of Lincs Regt awarded VC for his part in a bridge capture on the River Cojeul near Etaing 2/9/1918. Story states that his real name was Arthur Evans but did not give further detail. Quick look on forum produced this old thread,

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/i...?showtopic=3629

Story of Private Harold Fleming won MM on Easter Monday 8/4/1917 at Vimy Ridge. Returned home to Vancouver after the war only to return and serve as Mech. Quartermaster-Sgt in WW2 - served alongside his son Ray a Sgt Tank-Commander who won his own MM in Holland in Sept 1944.

Major EA Wood later Brigadier-General, famous for carrying a broken lance as a form of walking-stick ? - his service saw him command the 6th Batt. of Shrops. Light-Infantry - won the DSO with 3 bars and died aged 100 in 1967.

Regards

Sean

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hi sean cullen

saw your message ref water simpson, real name arthur evans, vc and dcm. i am researching both his early life and service years and i am getting very confused. what was the link you mentioned. i tried it but the web page was unavailable.

regards

jim murphy

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hi sean cullen

saw your message ref water simpson, real name arthur evans, vc and dcm. i am researching both his early life and service years and i am getting very confused. what was the link you mentioned. i tried it but the web page was unavailable.

regards

jim murphy

Hi Jim

Not certain why link to thread doesn't work - I see that you have managed to find it anyway - good luck with the search, I'd be curious to know the reason for name change - but equally I feel that if this guy didn't want the reason known why should I pe privvy to it? - don't know if I've explained that too well! - I think I would want the undoubtably brave actions of this fella to stand alone and not to have them "tainted" by any possible issues with his past - I'm too sensitive by half - obviously there may be a 101 reason as to the name change and it may be nothing contentious - how far have you got in your research?

Sean

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Hi Sean

I do not have much time at moment, but the man was a nutter, and before anyone starts, I mean that with affection, he was one of the best officers that served in the Shropshire.

He started the war as a Major and on command of "A" Company, 6th K.S.L.I., which land in F/F on 21st-22nd July 1915. He took Command of the Batt. on 6/10/15.

I'll give you more on his awards, once I have time to type up info.

Annette

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Thanks Annette!

I got the impression that he was a bit of an eccentric / "nutter" - you say tomato... :D

It was also clear he was a capable officer - look forward to hearing morewhen you have the chance.

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Sean

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