BRIAN GEORGE CASSAN SIMPSON

in College 1910-12; son of the late G.H. Casson Simpson and Mrs Ashburton Thompson; at school at Shore; rowed for College; BA; went to London to study sculpture.

Second lieutenant, Royal Horse Artillery; killed in action, Flanders, 29 July 1915, aged 22.

Obituary in The Pauline, by his friend Adrian Stephen:

[Brian Simpson’s] first work on active service was with the ammunition column; but when I met him in London during one of his “leaves” he expressed his impatience with the drudgery of his employment, because only at rare intervals was it illumined by danger or excitement. A little later he wrote to tell me that he had taken charge of a Trench Howitzer Battery in order to experience the war from an infantryman’s point of view.

This new work entailed his frequent presence in the forward trenches, and he was wounded whilst climbing a tree to observe the fire of his guns. A week later he died in his sleep without pain at Poperinghe, near Ypres. …

We recall him in his room at College – amidst the smoke and laughter of many friends, and surrounded by those pictures of his choice which invariably called forth the good-humoured banter of men less artistic than himself. Or perhaps we remember him better as an athlete, winning his way from the Freshers’ Fours to the College Eight; or practising at the rifle range, instructing novices with a patience that won many friends, and shepherding the team with a good temper that often held the men together in trying circumstances.

There is an obituary, with a photograph, also in Hermes, the student magazine, August 1918, p. 147.