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poppycat Report 14 May 2022 07:40

looking for any links to a 'Anthony John Simpson'

or 'John Anthony Simpson' B anywhere between 1914-1924

stationed at Gillingham Kent abt .... june july august 1944.


ArgyllGran Report 14 May 2022 10:10

WW2 forces records are, for the most part, not online.

Unfortunately, either version of his name is a very common one - and he may be listed only as John or as Anthony in whatever online military records there are.

Looking at -
there are a number of men listed as A J Simpson

Assuming the man you're interested in was born in England or Wales, there are only two possible births in approx the 1914-24 timeframe you suggest:

GRO Reference: 1923 M Quarter in RUGBY Volume 06D Page 1332

GRO Reference: 1925 J Quarter in STOW Volume 04A Page 1610

There was no child named John Ant(h)ony Simpson, or Ant(h)ony John Simpson born in Scotland in that time.


ArgyllGran Report 14 May 2022 10:21

??? Death of the man born in Stow ??

Anthony John Simpson
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: Anthony John Simpson
Death Age: 81
Birth Date: 23 May 1925
Registration Date: Nov 2006
Registration District: Oxfordshire
Inferred County: Oxfordshire
Register Number: N03D
District and Subdistrict: 695/1N
Entry Number: 241

That man would only have been 14 in 1939.
If he was in the forces, it must have been towards the end of WW2. (Which 1944 certainly is.)


ArgyllGran Report 14 May 2022 10:36

Death of the man born 1923:

John Anthony Watson-simpson
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: John Anthony Watson-simpson
Death Age: 71
Birth Date: 22 Jan 1923
Registration Date: May 1994
Registration District: Dacorum
Inferred County: Hertfordshire
Register Number: A33
District and Subdistrict: 5301A
Entry Number: 115

His death is also listed under Simpson.

John A Watson-simpson
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
Name: John A Watson-simpson
Registration Date: 1985
[May 1985]
Registration District: St. Albans
Inferred County: Hertfordshire
Spouse: Gweneth M Bates
Volume Number: 10
Page Number: 811

His wife died in 2017.


ArgyllGran Report 14 May 2022 22:18

But -
here's another possible contender, born in 1920:

Part of Chatham dockyard was in Gillingham.

On :

There's a record for a John Anthony Simpson in 1944 on HMS "Quorn".
He was an Engine Room Artificer 4th class; Service No P/MX 53778

Re HMS Quorn:

The ship was deployed in the English Channel in June/July1944.
She was sunk on 3rd August, and that John Anthony Simpson was among those who died.

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Service Number: P/MX 53778
H.M.S. Quorn
Royal Navy
United Kingdom
Died 03 August 1944
Panel 85, Column 1.
United Kingdom

John Anthony Simpson
in the UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960
Name: John Anthony Simpson
Event: Death
Birth Date: 26 Sep 1920
Birth Place: Portsmouth, Hants.
Death Date: 3 Aug 1944
Death Age: 23

Engn Rm Art 4C John Anthony Simpson
in the UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s-Current
Name: Engn Rm Art 4C John Anthony Simpson
Death Date: 3 Aug 1944
Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Burial or Cremation Place: Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England

Birth :
GRO Reference: 1920 D Quarter in PORTSMOUTH Volume 02B Page 874

Marriage of parents:

Marriages Dec 1919 (>99%)
Simpson John Warren Portsmouth 2b 1524
Warren Mary E Simpson Portsmouth 2b 1524

John Simpson
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: John Simpson
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Birth Date: 26 Sep 1920
Residence Date: 1939
Address: 56 Campbell Road
Residence Place: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Naval Apprentice P/Mx 53778
Line Number: 20
Schedule Number: 265
Sub Schedule Number: 2
Enumeration District: Ebjh
Borough: Portsmouth
Registration district: 90/2
Household Members Age
Mary L Simpson 41 - 7 April 1898, married.
John Simpson 19
This record is officially closed.
This record is officially closed.


poppycat Report 31 May 2022 01:29


Thanx for all your those links as well...will help in my long awaited
research on this matter...

much appreciated.....poppycat