Simpson commemorates Private Frederick Nicholls

Peter Barnes writes…

100 years ago, on 13 March 1915, Private Frederick Nicholls of the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment (Service number 10250) died at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, ten miles to the south-west of Lille. He was 21 years old, one of the nine children of Frederick and Mary Nicholls, who lived at 182 Simpson Road.

Frederick Nicholls was commemorated this morning at the war memorial at Simpson which bears his name. A brief Biography (FN) was placed on the memorial for those who pass by to read.  It also appears on the ‘Lest we forget’ page on the Simpson & Ashland Parish website.
Simpson Commemoration - F NIchollsLena Bates, from the Simpson Britain in Bloom group, placed a beautiful posy of flowers on the memorial, following the practice instituted in November 2014.
Simpson Commemorates F Nicholls 2I am very grateful to the members of the group who prepare these posies and also liaise with Milton Keynes Council over the planting and maintenance of the memorial. Their work on behalf of the community in honouring those who served and died in both World Wars and, more widely, ensuring that Simpson is an attractive and cared-for environment is widely appreciated. It will feature in the Heritage section of Simpson’s submission to the Britain in Bloom awards this summer.

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#GreatWarMK commemorations in Simpson see individual stories of soldiers to mark their anniversaries

Arthur Eaton Commemoration

Individual stories of the soldiers named on the War Memorial in Simpson village, Milton Keynes are being written up and presented on the anniversary of each death.  Having researched the lives and service history of each soldier, Peter Barnes, has collated the information to produce these moving memorials to the men that served in the Great War from this small village.

The image above shows Arthur Eaton’s memorial (anniversary 20th November), which can be viewed here: Arthur Rose

William Eaton has also been commemorated in this way (anniversary 1st September), his document can be viewed here: William Eaton