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John Edward Simpson

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Death: April 15, 1912 (33-41)
RMS Titanic North Atlantic, at sea (Ship wreck)
Place of Burial: Atlantic Ocean
Immediate Family:

Son of John Simpson and Elizabeth Simpson
Husband of Annie Edith Simpson
Father of John Ralph Simpson

Occupation: Assistant surgeon on RMS Titanic
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
Last Updated:

About Dr John Edward Simpson

Dr John Edward Simpson was the son of a doctor in Belfast. Born in 1875. He had 5 sisters.

He sent a letter home a few days before the sinking and today a mysterious purchaser of the letter has ensured that it returns to it's home, Belfast.

Dr Simpson is an ancestor of Mark Simpson newscaster on the BBC.

BBC reporter Mark Simpson learns of Titanic relative By Mark Simpson BBC Ireland Correspondent

Marriages Sep 1905

PETERS Annie Edith Leigh 8c 481

Simpson John Edward Leigh 8c 481


  • Name: Dr John Edward Simpson
  • Born: 1875
  • Age: 37 years
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Last Residence: at 76 Pakenham Place Belfast Northern Ireland
  • Occupation: Assistant Surgeon
  • Last Ship: Olympic
  • Deck crew
  • First Embarked: Southampton
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body Not Recovered

John Edward Simpson, 37, was born in 1875 at Belfast. His father was John Simpson, M.D., their family home was at 76 Pakenham Place, Belfast. Simpson, who had five sisters, studied at Royal University of Ireland, Royal Belfast Academical Institute and Queen's University Belfast. It was from the latter that he received his degree.

In 1905 he was married to Annie Edith Peters of Astley, Lancashire and lived at The Old Chestnuts, Tottenham Road, Hornsbury. The couple had a son, John Ralph (who died on 25 March 1961 in London).

John Edward Simpson had troubles with his health, so he decided to go to sea, when he realized that the sea climate would be better to him. He served for some years as medical officer with the Peninsula and Oriental Steamship Company and finally White Star Line. Before he signed-on the Titanic he was on the Olympic. He signed-on on 6 April 1912 as assistant surgeon to Dr O'Loughlin his monthly wages were £9. On board he was responsible for the second and third class passengers.

Simpson was a captain of the Royal Army Medical Corps. On 9 April 1912 he wrote a letter to his Regiment (1st Volunteer Battalion of the Duke of Cambridge's Own [Middlesex Regiment]), noting that he won't be able to carry out his duties for some time.

read more about letters written by Edward John Simpson (details on the Titanica main biographical page)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ some useful information about John Simpson from Ian Simpson's research in a discussion with Terry Jackson (curator on the Titanic project)

Ian Simpson 28/3/2012 at 12:07 AM Hello, What do you mean, "having a Public Profile that has been MP'd." ? I haven't found any direct relationship between John Edward's family and my own. I researched his tree to find if there was a connection. His family and mine at a time belonged to the same church in Cullybackey, we would both have relations/ancestors buried in it's Graveyard. John Edward's Grandfather was certainly called Edward according to his John Edward's Parents marriage record. I had a distant relation from New Zealand, who visited 3 of John Edward's sisters after the disaster, I that what sparked my interest in him. It was Mark Simpson at the BBC who confirmed John Edward's father was a Cullybackey man. John Edward is also mentioned as Kin of a Andrew Shannon Ramsey, the first consultant physician to be appointed to the Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn. I believe Dr Ramsey's mother was a first cousin of John Edward Dr Ramsey's obituary can be found at the below web address. http://munksroll.rcplondon.ac.uk/Biography/Details/5370 Yours Ian

Terry Jackson 27/3/2012 at 9:55 PM Hi Thanks for all this information. I have added it to his profile but you no doubt will want to add yourself to his tree. http://www.geni.com/people/Dr-John-Edward-Simpson/60000000157710096... I hope you are ok with him having a Public Profile that has been MP'd. It is at least now disconnected from the 'titianic' tree and you can continue your excellent research. Where are you based? Do you know the news reporter John Simpson? He is also related. I heard him mention this himself just the other day.

Good luck Terry

Ian Simpson 27/3/2012 at 7:51 PM I've done a little work on his family tree. Maybe you already have this information His parents were John Simpson and Elizabeth Crickard married in 1871. John Edward' s father was supposed to be from Cullybackey, near Ballymena in Northern Ireland, and was a teacher according to his marriage record before becoming a doctor John Edward's grandfather could have been Edward Simpson of Drumrankin, Cullybackey. John Edward was born 1/3/1875 in Belfast. I hope you find this information of interest Yours I Simpson

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Dr John Edward Simpson's Timeline

March 1, 1875
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Age 31
London, England
April 15, 1912
Age 37
at sea
Atlantic Ocean