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24 Feb 1915
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Luton-born Pte Alfred William Simpson, 8928, 2nd Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action in France on February 24th, 1915. He was aged 38.
He was the eldest of three sons of Mr and Mrs Alfred Simpson, who had lived at 15 Liverpool Road, Luton, for over 30 years. Alfred Simpson was born in Park Street, Luton, and was educated at Buxton Road School.
He left home when aged about 17 and went to Keighley, Yorkshire, where he worked in a foundry. He subsequently joined the Army and served eight years in Malta, Egypt and other parts of the Empire. During the South African War he served with the King's Royal Rifles. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he was called up as a reservist and was drafted to the front with the Durham Light Infantry.
The family were officially notified of his death by the War Office on March 9th, 1915.
The Simpsons' second son, Horace, was married and living near Leicester. He joined the Notts and Derby Regt on the outbreak of war and was believed to be stationed on the East Coast.
Their youngest son, Frank, was married and living in Luton.