Born: Christmas Day, 1905, Battersea, Surrey.

Baptised: 29th April 1906, at St. Michael’s Church, Battersea, Surrey. Parents: Florence Edith Sympson & John Llott Sympson, a Commercial Traveller, of 62, Honeywell Road, Battersea.

Died: 11th April 1944; age: 38; of Cerebral Laceration from a gunshot wound of the head at ‘Alasdair’ The Street, Claydon, Suffolk – self inflicted – did kill himself at a time when the balance of his mind was disturbed.

Inquest held 12th April 1944.

Residence: 30, Bolderwood Way, West Wickham, Kent.

Occupation: a Commercial Traveller.


Rank: Second Lieutenant; Service Number: 302413.

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps, 486 Tipper Company.


Grave Reference:


St. Mary and St. Botolph Churchyard,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Llott Sympson & Florence Sympson; husband of Ella Lydia Sympson, of Thurlton, Norfolk.




1911   62, Honeywell Road, Battersea, Surrey.


John was 5 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

John Llott Sympson, 38, a Warehouseman – Drapery Warehouse, born Chelsea, Middlesex.

Florence Edith Sympson (nee Goodwin, 36, born Pimlico, Middlesex.

Gladys Edith Sympson, 12, born Pimlico.

Ivy Florence Sympson, 8, born Battersea, Middlesex.


John was educated at Ipswich School.


In 1935, Thurlton, Norfolk, John married Ella Lydia Warford, born April 1903, Pakefield, Suffolk – daughter of Ernest Warford, a carpenter and undertaker – own account, and Eleanor Louise Warford (nee Herod), 0 The Williows, Low Road, Loddon, Norfolk.

They had 1 daughter:

Patricia M. Sympson, born May 1936, Ipswich.




John was a Commercial Traveller – Drapery, and an Air Raid Warden – Beckenham Borough Council. He and his wife Ella were staying with his sister Gladys and her husband Roger at their family home – 478, Norwich Road, Ipswich. John’s parents, sister and niece were also living with the Willett family.

Roger Lankester Willett, a Wholesale & Retail Grocer, born September 1900, Ipswich.

Gladys Willett (nee Sympson), unpaid Domestic Duties.

Heather Rosemary Willett, at School, born August 1926, Ipswich.

Roger Brian S. Willett, at School, born February 1930, Ipswich.

John Sympson, a Commission Agent – Drapery.

Florence Sympson, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Ivy Lowe (nee Sympson), unpaid Domestic Duties.

1 other.

Ella Sympson, unpaid Domestic Duties.


John & Ella’s daughter was staying with her maternal grandparents, Ernest and Eleanor Louise Warford, at their family home – The Willows, Low Road, Loddon, Norfolk.


Probate to Ella Lydia Sympson – widow, of ‘Deben’ Valley Road, Ipswich.


John is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School Chapel.

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