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John Lawrence Simpson was appointed Lieutenant in the 8th Infantry Battalion. Later he was transferred to 15th Infantry Battalion. He was born in Horsham, but enlisted from Ballarat on 18th August 1914. He was single, 25 years of age, and a clerk. On 27th April 1918 he was killed in action in the frontline trenches in the Villers¡Bretonneux area. His name is on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.