"Lest we forget"

A Web Site for the repatriation of the medals of
Commander E.T.Simmons DSO, DSC, RCNVR serving from 1939-1945


"Lest we forget"

An update letter from John Simmons

Lieutenant-Commander E.T. Simmons DSO, DSC 1910-1988
A poem from his daughter

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Nov 26, 2008 11:41 am

Finally I have a definitive answer from the auction house that the medals have sold to an English collector for 8,200 English pounds. I am publishing a complete chronology of the events that led to this outcome .

Please click here for a complete chronology of the events that led to the result above. The facts speak for themselves...


CTV Canada AM Apperance Nov 12, 2008 (this will open in a new window)
If you have trouble viewing this video please try the Canada AM Site

What this site is about:

My name is John Simmons the son of the naval officer featured on these pages. It has come to our family's attention that his war memorabilia is coming up for auction in England on November 18, 2008.

The events happening in England are due to circumstances beyond our control but as children from his first wife, born before, during and shortly after his career in the Navy, we feel that these items should be returned and exhibited at the CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum which has kindly offered to display them in the event that we win the bid.

We feel that there is enough interest within Canada that sufficient donations could be given to allow us as a family to bid on these items on behalf of Canada and then donate them to the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum.

The value of the collection is estimated by the auction house at approximately $40,000 Cdn. We therefore have created this web site to elicit donations to bid on his collection. To lose something of this value that is part of the fabric of Canada's military history would indeed be a tragedy.

We have thought of finding one benefactor (i.e.the Legion, the War Museum etc.) but they all have a policy in place that doesn't allow them to purchase these kinds of items for their collections

So it was our families thought to give average Canadians the opportunity to donate directly to this cause, thinking perhaps that if we get 1000 Canadians to donate $40.00 or 2000 Canadians to donate $20 each, then this memorabilia could be returned to its rightful place which is, of course residing safely in a collection at a respectable museum.

This is not a charity so no receipts for income tax purposes can be issued. The money collected will go directly to bidding on the items and if we fail then the money will be donated to CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum in Comamder Ted Simmons name to do with as they see fit.

Persons who donate over $100 will receive a copy of the poster (that can be viewed here) of the movie signed by myself, his son.

If you have any questions regarding this site and its authenticity please feel free to contact me directly at info@etsimmons.ca. Include your phone number if you would like to me to call you if you have any questions that this web site isn't addressing. Or call me direct at 519-928-5904.

The auction takes place in two weeks so if you want to donate and/or you know someone who does please forward this web site to anyone who maybe interested.

Www.etsimmons.ca is the only website soliciting donations for these items on behalf of Ted Simmons family, so make sure that the address you send matches this web site.

Sincerely,
John E. G. Simmons
519-928-5904
Grand Valley, On, Canada
L0N 1G0

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Badge of the Beacon Hill cira 1944
Badge of HMCS Beacon Hill, Commanded by
Lieutenant-Commander E.T. Simmons DSO, DSC 1944-45