Our extended family suffered heavy casualties both during wars, or later as a consequence of those wars, during the 20th century and before.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have never experienced the horrors of war, have a duty to keep alive the memories of these young men and to remember their extraordinary bravery.

My aim here is to tell the story of each one to serve as that memorial. They are shown in date order.

 

 

George Prescott Simonds, in 1913

Killed in action on 26th September 1914 at the battle of the Aisne near Vendresse in France.

For his story:  CLICK HERE   

 

 

Charles Francis Simonds, in 1915

Killed near Arras in France on 29th June 1916  CLICK HERE 

 

John de Luze Simonds, in 1916 

Known as Jack, he was killed at Mazingarbe on 22nd April 1917 aged 32.  For a full biography,  CLICK HERE   

 

Malachy James Simonds, in 1944 

Was killed flying over Droupt-Ste-Marie, France on 19th July 1944 aged 23.  For his story   CLICK HERE   

 

 

My mother’s Stevens family lost two brothers, my uncles Raymond & Edwin Stevens, just 3 weeks apart in September 1944. Here are their stories;

Edwin Stevens, in about 1940 

Was killed near Rimini, Italy on 5th September 1944 aged 25. For his story  CLICK HERE for a draft 

 

Raymond Stevens, in September 1944

Was killed in Oosterbeek, close to Arnhem, Holland on 24th September 1944, aged 26.

There are two versions of his last days from landing by parachute up to his death, from slightly different sources. By Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) G. Pijpers OBE RNLAF. Who lives in Arnhem, is much involved in local activities of remembrance and has written detailed stories about the last days of many of the Arnhem casualties.  CLICK HERE    By Raymond Simonds, based on the book ‘Men at Arnhem’ by Geoffrey Powell, Raymond’s Commanding Officer.  CLICK HERE  

There is also a video memorial to the Stevens brothers and compiled from family archive material by Caroline Simonds  CLICK HERE:

 

My father Duncan Simonds lost 3 cousins, twin brothers Gavin Simonds, killed at Arnhem on 23rd September 1943, and John Simonds who died after the war from illness. 

John Mellor Simonds, in 1943. 

Was killed in Arnhem, Holland on September 23rd 1943 aged 29. He never knew Raymond Stevens.

Gavin Simonds, we have no picture

For their story  CLICK HERE  

Just before he died, John wrote an extraordinary letter to his stepson HERE: later published by his wife Barbara.

 

 

James Malcolm Simonds, in 1952

Born May 1932, London. Died 5th January 1953, Korea, aged 20. He was the third cousin of Duncan Simonds to be killed.

For his story:  CLICK HERE    There is a YouTube clip of HMS Glory in action in the 1950’s  -HERE-   

 

 

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