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Private Philip Simpson enlisted in the Territorial Force on 3rd November 1914, and was posted into the 2/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was initially given the service number 3167, then in 1917 the new style TF number 200951. At the time of his enlistment he was 22 years old.

Philip began in ‘D’ Company, before being moved into ‘C’ Company of the Battalion, serving with them in France in late 1917 and 1918.

Interestingly, Private Simpson wrote in his Will;

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Source: Richard Davies via Flickr 

If I die, I leave my full pack to Private J O’Neill, and my rifle to Jim Jones.

Philip survived the War, he later received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

He married in 1919 and died aged 71 in 1964. At the time of his death he was living at Slade Street, Preston.

Unfortunately no further records have been found.

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2 Responses to 200951 PTE. P. SIMPSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Richard says:

    Paul
    I have discovered that Philip Simpson 200951 joined the Scots Guards prior to the LN Lancs.
    His number in the Scots Guards was 10945, he joined on 17/09/14 and was discharged 07/10/14 as ‘Very Poor Physique, unlikely to develop’. Less than a month later he had signed up with LN Lanc’s. Seems he was keen to be involved!
    regards
    Richard Davies

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