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Bacchus Marsh
Avenue of Honour

Air Mechanic Neil Patterson Simpson

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Air Mechanic 2nd Class,
Australian Flying Corps
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Planted by:
Miss Rose Minns
Image of plaque on tree S236 for Neil Simpson
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Neil was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1895 to Edward Lyle Simpson and Eliza Minns.

Neil was an engineer and gave his address as Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, Australian Flying Corps, No. 4 Squadron on the 23rd of October 1916, aged 21. He embarked aboard the RMS Omrah in January 1917 and disembarked at Plymouth, England.

4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was designated the 71st Australian Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC) when they arrived in England in late March 1917 and sent for training to Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham. In June he was attached for duty with the 68th Australian Squadron, RFC (formerly 2nd Squadron, AFC) where he underwent further training before he proceeded overseas to France. In January 1918 the Australian Squadrons in the RFC reverted to their Australian names - the 68th RFC became the 2nd AFC, the 71st RFC became the 4th AFC. Neil was admitted to hospital in August suffering from a Disordered Action of the Heart(1) and rejoined his unit in October. In late November Neil transferred from the 4th to the 3rd Squadron, AFC. Neil was granted two weeks leave in England in January 1919 before returning to England in March and embarking for home aboard the Kaiser-i-hind in May, returning to Australia in mid June and was discharged from the AIF in late July.

He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour, the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour.


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Last updated by lee, Tue, 18 May 2021 11:22:22