Simpson, Philip Overend

He was the son of Edward Overend Simpson and Annie Simpson (née Bray), of Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster, Yorkshire. He entered College from the Reverend G. Posmore’s School, Charney Hall, Grange-over-Sands, in Short Half 1913.  He was three years in College VI (1915-1917), and was an excellent player and captain. He was also in the soccer XI, and in 2nd XI cricket and also a valuable member of J. d’E.E. Firth’s College East XI, which won Turner Cup in 1917.

He gained an Exhibition for Classics at Keble College, Oxford, but on leaving school joined the forces instead, and after training at St. John’s Wood got a commission in the Royal Field Artillery early in 1918 and served in France.  After the Armistice he volunteered for service in General Ironside’s force in Russia. Officers were not required, but he went out and served in the ranks until invalided home. In 1919 he went up to University College, Oxford, as a Commoner, and took his degree with Honours in Greats in 1923.  He then read for the Bar and was a pupil of Wilfrid Greene, but on the death of his father he joined the family firm of solictors in Leeds. Owing to ill-health he retired young, and lived with his mother at Hazlewood Castle, where he became interested in horse-breeding. From 1939 to June 1953 the Castle was requisitioned as a maternity hospital.  It is now a hotel.

On the outbreak of the Second World War Simpson immediately obtained a commission in the Royal Artillery, and made an excellent instructor. He became an acting Captain in May 1943, and was instructing at Saighton, Huntington, near Chester, when he suddenly collapsed during the very cold weather and died on January 22nd 1945, at the age of forty-five. He rests in grave 1.1.20 of St. Ricarius churchyard extension, Aberford, Yorkshire.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Simpson
  • Forenames or initials: Philip Overend
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1913-1917
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 16th June 1899
  • Date of Death: 22nd January 1945
  • How Died: Died on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: St Ricarius Churchyard Extension, Aberford, Yorkshire: Grave 1.1.20