John Alexander Simpson, DCM
John Alexander Simpson was born on the 20th March 1890 at Mayne Farm Cottages, Elgin, the fourth of eleven children, to James and Helen Simpson.
John Simpson became a gardener of some repute learning his trade at Newton House, Elgin before moving to Thurston House near Innerwick, Dunbar.
In August 1914, on the outbreak of war, John, who was living near Edinburgh, enlisted with the Royal Scots at Glencorse Barracks near Edinburgh.
Two of his brothers also enlisted.
John was to be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for bravery at the Battle of Loos on 15th May 1915 and was mentioned in despatches in March 1916.
Sergeant John Simpson was killed leading a patrol attacking enemy machine guns on 5th June 1917 and is buried near the village of Frampoux.