The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Norman Edward
- Nick Name:
- Bushy Top
- Regimental #:
- 'C' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Albert William Simmonds
- Mothers's Name:
- Fanny Stewart Parker
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Market Gardener
- 'D' Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, P Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Nakon Nayok
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia
Norman Edward Simmonds was one of two sons and 6 daughters born to parents Albert Simmonds and Fanny Parker. Albert died in 1922 and Fanny died in 1932. Norman’s eldest sister was Bertha Florence Simmonds Lindsey.
Prior to enlistment, Simmonds was an amateur Boxer fighting under the name “Bushy Top”.
In his book ‘The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop’ Dunlop wrote of the imprisonment at Bandeong, Java on the 3 August 1942 and amongst the sports events he writes
“Boxing and wrestling in Radio City tonight. ‘Babe Montana’ (Simmonds) had some ribs stove in by his playful opponent jumping on him, so off to hospital. A bad day in the sporting line.”
Remembering Dunlop was a sports enthusiast and participated in many althletic events.
Simmonds married in 1948 to Marjorie Helen Johnson. He recorded his occupation prior to enlisting as gardener and he continued in this profession when he returned after the war.
Norman Simmonds died on 11 October 1982.
- Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand