Another recent postcard find is of Birk Crag in Harrogate in Yorkshire sent to Gunner Herbert SIMPSON regimental number 89543 at a Military Camp in Aldershot during World War 1 – it was sent from his son Walter.
The message reads:
Dear Dad, Just a line to tell you I am all right …. is very poorly. I wish I were with you. Are you going to be moved from Aldershot Ta Ta from Walter with love
Having his Regimental number of 89543 I quickly found a World War 1 Medal Card for Herbert SIMPSON, as below:
Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website
From this I found his World War Service Record, again as below, which shows Herbert aged 29 years and six months, with his address as 12 Willow Grove, Bilton near Harrogate in Yorkshire and his occupation is shown as a Postman. His Regiment is shown as the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO). War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO363); Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies;
It also confirms that Herbert married Sarah Ann KERSHAW on13th May 1909 in Doncaster and that he had a son called Walter born on 25th May 1907 in Doncaster, which fits with the postcard.
The 1911 census, as below, shows the family living at 29 Birch Grove in Harrogate.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 25919
More investigation is needed to see if Herbert SIMPSON survived World War 1 and I will update in due course.
However in the meantime do you have a connection to the SIMPSON or KERSHAW families from Harrogate in Yorkshire, as I will happily reunite this WW1 postcard with a relative if I can?