Former Sheffield Wednesday star and war hero’s medals up for auction

Medals and memorabilia awarded to former Sheffield Wednesday player Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson are going up for auction.

Medals and memorabilia awarded to former Sheffield Wednesday player Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson are going up for auction.

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Medals and memorabilia belonging to a Sheffield soldier and sportsman from a century ago are to go under the hammer at auction early next month.

A Military Cross, British War Medal and Victory medal awarded to Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson, along with letters, papers and photos from throughout World War I, are expected to sell for over £2,000.

For auction
First World War Military Cross group awarded to Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson, 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, together with two leather bound albums containing approximately 90 letters from Captain Simpson to his Brother George, spanning his entire military service from 1914 to 1918, a printed biography and various other relevant letters, papers and photographs, his death plaque and other ephemera.

For auction First World War Military Cross group awarded to Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson, 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, together with two leather bound albums containing approximately 90 letters from Captain Simpson to his Brother George, spanning his entire military service from 1914 to 1918, a printed biography and various other relevant letters, papers and photographs, his death plaque and other ephemera.

Captain Simpson, born in 1883, went to Wesley College - which became King Edward VII School - and later made 38 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday as an amateur, once scoring a hat trick against Manchester United.

He also played for Sheffield FC while working for his father’s firm.

When war broke out he was one of the first recruits to the new 12th Sheffield Service Battalion, part of the York and Lancaster Regiment.

He fought at the Somme and was later honoured for playing a leading role in the storming of a German trench.

Invalided home after being wounded on reconnaissance duty, he gave up a position training junior officers to return to the front.

Captain Simpson was killed by a sniper during the last German offensive in April 1918, and is buried in a cemetery near the French-Belgian border.

The auction of the medals will be held in Bristol on June 5.

 

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