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- Biography -
- Charles Bertie Simpkin -

Unknown person Name : Charles Bertie Simpkin.

Son of Charles and Fanny Simpkin, of Leicester; husband of Victoria Rosina Wheller (formerly Simpkin), of Canada.

Born 1884, birth registered at Billesdon (Leicestershire) Sep Qtr 1884. RN Service records give his date of birth as 14 June 1882.

Married 1915 Victoria Rosina Saunders; 1 son, Ronald Charles Doveton Saunders, born 20 January 1917.
  Census Information :

1891 : Charles and Fanny Simpkin, with their sons including Charles B Simpkin, aged 6, are at 9, Green Lane, Evington, Leicestershire. Charles Simpkin is an Engine Fitter.

1901 : Charles and Fanny Simpkin, with their sons including Charles B Simpkin, aged 16, are at 9, Garendon Street, Leicester. Charles Simpkin is a General Engineers Foreman. Charles B Simpkin is an Assistant in a Woollen warehouse.

1911 : Charles Bertie Simpkin, single, aged 28, is shown on board H.M.S. Powerful.

  Service details :

Sick Berth Steward 2nd class 350801 Charles Bertie Simpkin, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Kent.

Simpkin signed on with the Royal Navy on 30 July 1900 for 12 years, at which time he was 5 ft 6 in tall, with light brown hair, grey eyes and fresh complexion. His trade was given as Stockkeeper.

He left the Navy by Shore purchase on 17 Oct 1900, but 2 years later, he was re-engaged. He served in many Shore establishments and ships as a Sick Berth Attendant. He completed his 12 years continuous service in Feb 1914. On the outbreak of hostilities he was again re-engaged in January 1915 (by which time he was 5 ft 10 in tall with a star tattoo on his left hand).

His war service was spent at Portland Hospital and a number of ships, ending up with H.M.S. Kent at the time of his death.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 6 July 1918 aged 36

Buried at : Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor Methodist Church War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

  Documents :


Friday, January 26, 1917
Page 5

SIMPKIN. - On January 20th, at 5, St. Boniface Villas, East Street, Ventnor, the wife of Charles Bertie Simpkin, Sick Berth Steward, R.N., of a son.


Friday, July 19, 1918 Page 2 (incorrectly numbered as 4)

THE FUNERAL of Charles B. Simpkin, 2nd sick berth steward, who died at the R.N. Hospital, Plymouth, from pneumonia, took place at Plymouth Cemetery on Tuesday with Naval honours. He was the son-in-law of Mr. H. Saunders, of East Street, Ventnor, whose eldest daughter he married about three years ago. He was home recently on leave and returning caught a chill which was the cause of his death. In Ventnor he will be known as having been in the service of Mrs. Moyse Webster. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and several beautiful wreaths, and was drawn by a gun's crew from the deceased's ship, in charge of Gunr. Webber, R.N. The mourners included the widow, father, mother and brother of deceased, and a party of R.N. sick berth staff, under War. Wardmaster R.G. Fuller, R.N., and a funeral party from the R.N. Barracks, under Lieut. Parsons, followed. In addition to family wreaths, floral tributes were sent by deceased's shipmates and sick berth ratings of the R.N. Hospital, Plymouth. The pallbearers were 2nd Sick Berth Stds. Martin, Penny, Bunter, Beal, and Leonard, and Sick Berth Attendant Leaman. The chaplain of the R.N. Barracks officiated.


Friday, August 2, 1918 Page 2

P.S.A. - ... Sympathetic reference was made to the recent bereavement sustained by Mrs. Simpkin, the daughter of the esteemed Registrar, Mr. H.J. Saunders.
(not all the report has been transcribed)

P.S.A. : Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Movement
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
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Page last updated : 1 November 2013 - added further newspaper report


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