WW1 King’s Shropshire Light Infantry / Royal Welsh Fusiliers Military Cross, Military Medal Group of Nine Medals.
A scarce Great War combination awarded to Major Charles Frederick William Simpson MC., MM. who served in the ranks of the 7th Bn King’s Own Shropshire Light Infantry winning the MM in 1916 and after gaining a Commission into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers won the Military Cross for action near Wez Macquart in October 1918. Comprising:Military Cross “2ND LIEUT C.F.W. SIMPSON 26TH BATTN ROYAL WELSH FUS 5.10.18” (Privately Engraved), Military Medal, “13749 L.CPL C.F.W. SIMPSON 7/SHROPS L.I.”, 1914/15 Star, “13749 PTE SHROPS L.I.”, British War Medal, Victory Medal “2 LIEUT”, General Service Medal, Clasp “Iraq”, “LIEUT C.F.W. SIMPSON I.A.R.O.”, 1939/45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal. Group mounted for display. ... Accompanied by a quantity of research.
Military Cross London Gazette 4th October 1919.For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th October 1918 near Wez Macquart he volunteered to take out a patrol to gain touch with the unit on his flank as the situation of an exposed flank had become critical. He set out in daylight covering over 2 miles being under persistent and direct machine gun fire for over three hours. He succeeded in his objective, thereby rendering most valuable assistance to his Battalion”. Military Medal London Gazette 21st October 1916.Extract from the Bridgenorth Journal 23rd September 1916.“On the 23rd July 1916 he displayed conspicuous bravery in reconnoitring a trench occupied by enemy in broad daylight. He crawled to within ten yards of the trench and though discovered managed to escape and to bring back valuable information as to the strength of the enemy’s garrison and condition of the trench.”Major Charles Frederick William Simpson MC., MM was a native of Bridgenorth Shropshire he enlisted joining the 7th Bn KSLI and landed in France on the 28th September 1915. He was selected for a Commission which was granted into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, attached the 26th Bn on the 26th March 1918. His gallantry which earned him the Military Cross took place near Wez Macquart in France. In 1919 he was granted a commission in the Indian Army Reserve of Officer’s and serving in this capacity was awarded the General Service Medal. He was later appointed to the Reserve of Officers Royal Welsh Fusiliers and on the 24th August 1939 he was recalled. He served throughout WW2 with the regiment and resigned his commission due to health in September 1948. He died in November 1969.