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Second Lieutenant James Cowie Simpson

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  Portrait of James Cowie Simpson, Maull & Fox, [1900s]. (GSL/POR/49/34-02)

Fellowship details: No.4569, elected 13 June 1906.

Died: 4 December 1916, aged 31 years.


James Cowie Simpson, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Watson Simpson, studied geology, metallurgy and mining at the Royal School of Mines between 1903 and 1906, before joining the Society in June 1906. From 1906 to 1910 he was a coal mining engineer in the United States, returning in 1911 to take up a position of engineer to E H Hunter & Co, London. In October 1916, Simpson joined the Royal Engineers (174th Tunnelling Coy) having already been a member of the Inns of Court OTC.  He was killed in action on 6 December 1916.

Cemetery: Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.


  • Obituary, ‘The Times’, 15 December 1916.
  • Obituary, ‘Quarterly Journal Geological Society’, vol 73 (1917), Proceedings p lxv.


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