This article is about the Scottish rugby union player. For the Scottish football goalkeeper, see Ronnie Simpson
Ronald Francis Simson, (died on 14 September 1914, aged 24) was a Scottish rugby union player for Scotland. Simson was the first rugby international - of any nationality - to die in the war. He 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. He was a lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery.
He played for London Scottish, a team especially hard hit because many of them joined the London Scottish regiment. Simson was capped for Scotland in 1911.
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
- ^ a b Bath, p109
- ^ a b c An entire team wiped out by the Great War (The Scotsman). Retrieved 8 December 2009
- ^ Commonwealth War Graves Commission: SIMSON, RF. Retrieved 8 December 2009