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Advice was received on Saturday of the death in action on Uotober of Gunner Harold lteguiuid (Hex) Simpson, in previous days a very prominent figure in local at hie mo circles. The lute Gunner bitnpson, wno was 2G years oi age, was the lourth and youugoat son ot ivii- and Mrs S. J. bimpson, of bi) lieaiey avenue. He received his primary education at the jNoriaal ficiiooi, where he showed every indication of becoming a fu-st-cluss ainiete, and at tiie puolio schools sports gatherings lie annexed several ciiampionsnips, running, jumping, and hurdling. On leaving the •Nwibul school he wont to the Christchurch Boys' High School in 1906, and in 1007, IUUB, and 11)09 played in the firat fifteen, for the first two years as wing-tlneequarter, in which position bis speed and natural trickiness made him a very dangerous man, and for the third year as an equally clever wing-forward. Ho also took a prominent part at the annual athletic sports, and in his final year at the school a was hurdles anu high jump champion, and runner-up for the senior champion cup. On leaving school the late Gunner Simpson entered the employment of Messrs Boss and GlendinMg, and continued his athletic career in the Old Boys' senior fifteen and in the Canterbury Rowing Club, of which he 1 was a very useful member. In 1913 and 1914 he gained a place in the Canterbury representative Rugby team. He eventually left for the front with the artil-' -portion of the" 16th Reinforcements, , and spent two years and two months on service in France before .meeting his death. Gunner Simpson .was a quiet, unassuming young man, and was very popular with all with whom he came in contact. Ono of his Brothers, Private R. A. Simpson, is at present at the front, and the other surbrother, Mr G. S. Simpson, of the staff of the Referee," was rejected on more than one occasion for active service. Ferguson, recently woun ,ded, is very well-known £_ b "™ nor . where he lived for about 8 where he received his soT£\r e l uca 1 tio "- He is the only finishing* i Ferguson. After o3w« S j" 8 education at the Technical _x p® • J 1 ® took up farming pursuits StoTSS'' ° nd A e volunteered for L ln December, 1916, other Sumner lads, was tion7! * 1?® of the bisgest func--BenLnf w n Stunner Tpwn Hal!, ttageant Ferguson proved a veiy JPranrlf 1, 5 n l - officer in Ma il! j became very popular with ' TV ' lO had reason to con - j .r" 11 wy. fortunate in previous j ©gements witli the enemy. He is, hwmbeired in Canterbury as being a 1 WOo! nnd a Sood sport on the football ground. i Cor P° ra l F. W. Pilcher received jus education and training in England, but came to the Dominion to OU P farming. Owing to health reasons he abandoned this and took up teaching. Later on he received an appointment on the teaching staff of tne oumnor school for the deaf as junior assistant-master, taking at the time the position of Corporal L. F. Regnault, who volunteered for the front told is still in France. Corporal Pil*her, as resident master at the school, Was very highly esteemed by all with whom he came in contact. While in Sumner he took an active part in tenfas as a member of the Sumner Tennis Club.

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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16360, 4 November 1918

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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16360, 4 November 1918