Recollections from The Great War 

Bringing back the injured from the battlefield

Rowland Simpson, the father of  David and John Simpson, was a stretcher bearer in the Great War - a role which called for great bravery and courage.  His family home was at The Limes, Bishop Monkton. After surviving the war, Rowland became a peripatetic draper, travelling all over The Dales on a motor-cycle with sidecar  measuring some 60 to 70 farmers for suits. He died in 1974.

Two of Rowland’s pals. Both were killed in the war.


Rowland Simpson , aged 20, with his sister, Vida, aged 17.



The Simpson family treasure an Album in which Rowland’s pals entered sayings, sketches and words of wisdom. They were stationed at Ripon at the time.   Here are a few of the extracts: 


Barrack room humour

One of the toffs


Rallying call from Sergeant A. E. Coman, 12th (Service) Battalion,
East Yorkshire Regiment, while training at Ripon in 1915.

In high spirits - the words of Sergeant S W Smith. also in the 12th (Service) Battalion,
East Yorkshire Regiment, while at Ripon.


An Ode written by 'SW' at South Camp, Ripon on 13 October 1915

TOMORROW we tell the story of Arthur Higgins, Chris's grandfather, who spent eight months in The Somme in 1915 before going 'over the top' one last time when he was injured and repatriated. Then how he lied to get his job back as a miner.


Remembered with pride