Soldier’s medals set to go on display

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Medals and memorabilia belonging to a Sheffield soldier and sportsman will go on display at the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum next summer.

Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson was one of the first recruits to join the new Sheffield Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, at the outbreak of the First World War.

The collection contains medals, including the Military Cross, British War Medial and Victory Medal, awarded to Captain Simpson.

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.

The collection - purchased by the museum with the aid of grants from the Arts Council England, Rotherham Military Community Veterans Centre, the Friends of Clifton Park Museum and the Friends of Rotherham Archives - also contains letters written from the trenches of the Western Front, along with a number of other papers and photos from throughout the First World War, and papers written from Army training camps. The collection is part of a 2016 display on the battle of the Somme.

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