William Haslam SIMPKIN
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 15773
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 24 March 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

He was the son of Samuel and Jane Simpkin, 140 Montagu Street, Compstall and it is believed that William lived at the family home until he enlisted, at Hyde, in September 1914.

He was wounded in mid/late 1917 and was killed in the action here. He was originally posted as missing and it was not until May 1919 that the military authorities made the official determination that he must have been killed.

The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 16 May 1919, noted that Samuel Simpkin had served with the Canadian army. An examination of records in the Canadian National Archive confirms that Samuel did enlist in 1915, Toronto, and served with the 84th Battalion. Presumably, his trade as a cook had taken to Canada, although his wife remained in Compstall.

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