"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"

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ed's note - in response to my email thanking him for his donation

You are most welcome. I noticed an article in the Victoria Times-Colonist a couple of weeks ago saying that the CFB Esquimalt museum was hoping to find a single benefactor to buy your brother's (sic) medals. I wished that I could help, but could not see how. I was very pleased to see in today's paper that I could.

My family background is army. My granddad was in the infantry in the Great War and was severely wounded on 16 May 15 by scrapnel at Iestrubert while serving with the Scots Guards. He was released from the British army in Oct 15. He then returned to Canada and joined the Canadian Army in May 16, He was released from the Canadian army as a WO1 (RSM) in Oct 19. My parents were in WW2. My dad served as an RCSigs Sgt with an artillery regiment through Sicily, Italy and NW Europe.

My mother was a signalwoman with the ATS in England. I served in the militia (5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment RCA) for 30 years retiring in 1994. I am glad to say that I have all of their medals. My regiment's museum has asked that I donate my family's medals to them -- I have agreed and included this in my will.

I feel that it is very important for Canada to preserve and protect our military history and achievements. Thank you for providing a mechanism for me to help. I will be attending a regimental luncheon on 11 Nov 08 and I will encourage those attending to donate through your website.

I. S. Victoria, B.C