Friday 18th February 1916: Captain Edward E Simeons, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, and formerly 5th Battalion has died of wounds sustained while serving on the Western Front. Captain Simeons was second son of Mr and Mrs Charles Simeons of “Dudley”, Blythe-road, Bromley and nephew of Mr and Mrs T A Cawley of “Lea Dale”, New Bedford-road, Luton with whom he resided since 1910. He died in Flanders yesterday as a result of shell wounds received in action on the previous day(1).
He was a subaltern(2) in the 5th Bedfordshire Regiment (Territorials) before the wear and on the outbreak of war joined the 8th (Service) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant, being afterwards promoted Lieutenant.
After having been in training at Brighton and Aldershot, he left for France last August, and previous to the battle of Loos was promoted to Captain. He was recommended for the DSO(3) and his Colonel writes: “He was a splendid Company Commander; keen, bold and self-reliant”.
Captain Simeons was in his 23rd year, and intended to settle down in Luton, being associated with the British Gelatine Works Limited. Two of his brothers are in the Honorable Artillery Company(4) and the youngest of them, after having been in action at the Persian Gulf, is now at Cardiff recovering from enteric fever.
Sources: Bedfordshire Times 24th February 1916; X550/9/1
(1) The 8th Battalion war Diary gives Captain Simeons’ date of death as 15th February whilst Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives 17th
(2) Second Lieutenant
(3) Which he did not receive(4) Despite its name a Territorial infantry unit.