Ronald Francis Simson

12 mars 2018


Ronald Francis Simson (6 September 1880 – 14 September 1914) was a Scottish rugby union player for Scotland. Simson was the first Scottish rugby international to die in the First World War.


Ronald Simson was born in Edinburgh on 6 September 1880. He attended Edinburgh Academy and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he represented the Woolwich XV in a 49–9 victory over Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He also played for London Scottish, a team especially hard hit because many of them joined the London Scottish regiment.

Rugby career :

Simson was selected to play for Scotland in one match, against England at Twickenham on 18 March 1911. Simson scored one try for Scotland in the game, which they lost 13–8.



Simson joined the Royal Field Artillery in July 1911.Having played for the Army & Navy team, he was selected to represent Scotland against England in 1911. He was promoted in July 1914 to Lieutenant in the 116th Battery, 26th Brigade. Simson was killed in the First Battle of the Aisne, which was the Allied follow-up offensive against the right wing of the German First Army (led by Alexander von Kluck) & Second Army (led by Karl von Bülow) as they retreated after the First Battle of the Marne earlier in September 1914. A shell exploded below the horse he was riding ; both he and the horse were killed.



He was killed in action on the Aisne on 14 September 1914, age 24, and is buried in Moulins New Communal Cemetery. He was the first Rugby International to fall
in the war.
We preconise to CWGC to print reference’s Simson to Vendresse British Cemetery.