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The Simpson Family

William Hirst Simpson CBE BA (Cambs)

William Hirst Simpson CBE BA(Cambs) [1847-1921] was born in Falkingham (now Folkingham), Lincs, the son of Rev William Hirst Simpson.

Married [1] Helen Granger Clark [1848-1892] of Trowbridge, Wilts in 1870.

7 children - Mary Helen, William H, Francis Joseph, Dorothy Elizabeth, Harold Benjamin, Jenny Katherine & Charles Christopher.

Married [2] Katharine Evans of Chepstow in 1903.

By 1877 he had brought the established solicitors practice of Henry Greene in the Market Square, Higham Ferrers and acquired the following roles -

  • Clerk to the Borough magistrates.
  • Deputy Recorder & Steward of the Higham Ferrers Borough Corporation.
  • Secretary to the Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough Gas companies.
  • Treasurer to the Higham Ferrers Association for the Prosecution of Felons.
  • Steward of the manor of Stanwick.

By 1890 he was also Town Clerk and Clerk to the Urban Sanitary Authority and had been elected as a County Cllr. By 1906 he was also Clerk to Wellingborough magistrates.

In 1881 he was living at 18 High St, Higham Ferrers, but had moved to Chester House, near Irchester by 1891 and again to Church House, Chelveston in 1902.

He served on the Parish Council from 1904 until his death in 1921. He was the Chairman from 1906—18 and a School Manager from 1906 until his death.

Awarded the CBE in 1920 for civilian war service, including Chairman of the Committee of Visitors of the Northamptonshire War Hospital (the County Asylum was used as a military hospital during 1916-18).

The children of William Hirst Simpson

Mary Helen “Pollie” Simpson MBE

Mary Helen "Pollie" Simpson MBE [23.Apr.1871-31.Oct.1947] was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent on St George's Day (23rd April), a fact she was very proud of.

A keen horse rider and sportswomen, she played golf and tennis (for the county in 1898) and captained both the Higham Ferrers Ladies Hockey club and the County team. She supported the parish church for nearly 50 years, during which time she was variously a chorister, Churchwarden, and Sunday School teacher.

In 1906 she was Secretary of the Library & Reading Room at Chelveston.

From 1914-15 she was an Assistant Secretary of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association and then served in the Land Army as a regional organiser. Her organisation skills were noticed and following early work in the formation of the Women's Institute (WI) in 1915, she became the Midland Area federation organiser in 1920. She was awarded the MBE in 1919 for her civilian war service.

Following her father's death in 1921, the Parish Council offered her the role of School Manger from 1922 onwards.

She was Secretary of the Northants Nursing Association, served on the governing body of the Moulton Farm Institute from 1920-47 and was appointed in 1925 as the WI Agricultural Organiser. Pollie finally retired in 1945.

William H Simpson

William H Simpson b:1873 was born in Little Bytham, Lincs.

He had moved to Burton on Trent as a Clerk by 1901

Major Francis Joseph Simpson

Major Francis Joseph Simpson [1874-1946] was born in Higham Ferrers.

Married [1] Alice Maud Browning [1876-1912] in 1902.

2 children—James Campbell Joseph [1905-1945] & Nancy Josephine b:1908.

Married [2] Elizabeth [1893-1975] of San Diego, CA, USA.

Known to be a solicitor in 1901, he followed in his father's footsteps and was the deputy Town Clerk by 1906 and Hon. Secretary of the Higham Ferrers Model Dwellings Co Ltd in 1914.

Whilst Town Clerk in 1925, he had the pleasure of swearing in his second wife, Elizabeth, as the first Lady Mayor of Higham Ferrers. She held the office again in 1929.

By 1940 he was living at Old House, Market Square, whilst Town Clerk and Clerk to Trustees of the United Charities.

Dorothy Elizabeth Simpson

Dorothy Elizabeth Simpson [10.Feb.1876-26.Jul.1934] was born in Higham Ferrers and married Mr Horton.

Capt H.B.Simpson

Capt Harold Benjamin Simpson

Capt Harold Benjamin Simpson [27.Jan.1879-16.Mar.1924] was born in Higham Ferrers.

In 1901 he is listed as music student at the Royal School of Music, London.

He was a keen batsman, playing minor counties 1898-1904 and first class for the county 1905-11, including scoring 45 runs against a touring Australian side in 1905.

He was a master at Wellingborough School in 1911.

He was a Captain in the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Northants Regiment in 1915-16, serving in France, and later commanded 429th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps in Norfolk from 1917-19.

Jenny Katherine Simpson

Jenny Katherine Simpson [1881-1948] was born in Higham Ferrers.

Charles Christopher Simpson

Charles Christopher Simpson [18.Feb.1886-12.May.1936] was a born in Higham Ferrers and married Christine McIntosh [1875-22.Dec.1954] in 1912.