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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: Largs, Simpson Memorial Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

Location in the uppe floor to St Johns Church, Largs at OS Map Ref NS 201 592.

The memorial is a pair of round stained glass windows by Douglas Hamilton.





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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: SIMPSON, ERNEST ROBERT
Initials: E R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Squadron Leader (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 83 Sqdn.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 26/02/1943
Service No: 106561
Awards: D F M
Additional information: Son of Alexander and Florence Mary Simpson; husband of Christina Lawther Simpson, of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. D. 2.
Cemetery: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY

There is a Simpson memorial room in the church, dedicated to Alexander Simpson (the father) but there is also this photograph of Ernest.



From the Lost Bombers website:

Lancaster W4846 Information
Type Lancaster
Serial Number W4846
Squadron 83
X1D OL-S
Operation Cologne
Date 1 26th February 1943
Date 2 27th February 1943

Further Information
"Serial Range W4761 - W5012 This aircraft was one of 450 Lancasters ordered from Metro-Vick in 1940 and built as 170 Mk.1 (W4761-W4982) with Merlin 20 engines and 30 Mk.111 (W4983-501_2) with Merlin 28 engines delivered from Sep42 to May43. They were delivered to Woodford for final assembly and flight testing. W4846 was delivered to 83 Sqdn Jan43. W4846 took part in the following Key Operations: Lorient 13/14Feb43; Nuremburg 25/26Feb43; Cologne 26/27Feb-Lost. When lost this aircraft had a total of 67 hours Airborne 1935 26Feb43 from Wyton. Crashed near Monchengladbach. Both air gunners are known to have been buried in the St_dtfriedhof. They have been subsequently re-interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery. S/L Robinson had previously served with 38 Sqdn, P/O Norrington with 103 Sqdn and S/L Simpson, the Squadron's Gunnery Leader, with No.49 Sqdn. Their DFM's were Gazetted 22Oct44, 5Nov40 and 11Feb42 respectively. S/L S.Robinson DFM MiD KIA Sgt B.A.Hayes KIA P/O D.Norrington DFM KIA Sgt M.D.w.Hambrook RCAF KIA F/S J.H.Henderson KIA S/L E.R.Simpson DFM KIA. Sgt W.A.Ringe KIA "
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thanks to Rev Jeff Hopewell for the following:

From the Troon & Prestwick Times of Friday 27th August 1948, page 2 – this paper had a small Largs column at that time:

‘St John’s Church was filled to capacity on Sunday forenoon when two memorial windows in the transept gallery were dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of Squadron-Leader Ernest R. Simpson, D.F.M., R.A.F.V.R., elder son of Mr and Mrs A. Simpson, Woodbank, the impressive service being conducted by the Rev. W. Morrison Kelly, B.D., S.T.M. The gallant young officer, who died on 20th February 1943, was 35 years of age. He was the youngest elder of the church, captain of the 1st Largs Boy’s Brigade Company, and a member of Largs branch of Toc H. His widow and three young sons attended the service. The memorial windows are the gift of his parents, his father being session clerk of St John’s Church. Representatives of the Boys’ Brigade and Toc H. Attended the service.’
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the first window has great similarity to the window in Dalswinton at http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=5183 where the character is described as David.

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