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Surname:
Simmonds
First Name:
Norman Edward
Nick Name:
Bushy Top
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7576
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
20.02.1946
DOB:
12.07.1915
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Albert William Simmonds
Mothers's Name:
Fanny Stewart Parker
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Market Gardener
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, P Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Nakon Nayok
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia

General Description

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”.

Read about Bushy’s first flight.

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.

Read above ‘D’ Force Thailand Java Party No. 6 P Battalion

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.

Camp Locations:

  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
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