ROWLAND & CAMPBELL
An interesting event to the trade this past month was the return to the city of Lieut. -Col. W. J. Simpson, who for nearly five years served as
director of contracts in connection with the Canadian expedionary forces. Prior to the outbreak of war Col. Simpson was connected with the
wholesale jewelry firm of Rowland & Campbell here, and is well known to the members of the trade.
Col. Simpson left Winnipeg as a lieutenant in the 100th Grenadiers. In July, 1915, he was notified that his services had been requisitioned by the
Canadian military headquarters in England. When he arrived in the Old Country he found that the new establishment with which he was to be
connected had been completed, and in the meantime he was assigned the post of paymaster of the 9th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe. In September, however, Major-Gen. A. D. McRae was appointed director of supply and transport and organized the C.A.S.C. headquarters at Sandgate, to which Col. Simpson was attached as purchasing officer. The following year the contracts branch was organized and Col. Simpson was made chief purchasing officer, an appointment which was later enlarged to that of director of contracts. By an Ottawa Order-in-Council the director of contracts was given supervision over the expenditure of all Canadian public funds in England. This included the purchase of arms, guns and munitions, horses, forage, medical and surgical supplies and other commodities used by the expeditionary force.
Following the armistice in November, 1918, the Military Council issued orders that all supplies and government stores in England were to be disposed of, and Col. Simpson was made director of sales, in addition to his duties as director of contracts. He conducted a series of auction sales at all of the Canadian military depots, the prices realized in many instances being in excess of those originally paid. During the past three months Col. Simpson has been engaged in closing the official records of the contracts branch in Ottawa. Prior to being identified with Rowland & Campbell, he was with Robinson & Company here, and later he conducted a retail china and crockery business on Portage avenue. At the time of writing, Col. Simpson is enjoying a holiday at Winnipeg Beach.
Source: The Trader - September 1920
Thomas McG. Robertson, of Vancouver, B. C, has been appointed traveling representative of Rowland & Campbell, Winnipeg, and will cover the territory west of that city to the Pacific coast.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 12th October 1921