The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Simmonds
First Name:
Roy Albert
Nick Name:
Toona
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16952
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
8.10.1941
Discharged:
14.03.1946
DOB:
23.07.1919
Place of Birth:
Collie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Josiah Edward Simmonds
Mothers's Name:
Hilda Maud Simmonds
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Kanu I, Tarsau , Chungkai, Tamuang
POW#:
8847
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore‐Fremantle HMT Circassia.

General Description

Roy Simmonds and Clifford Squance
Roy Simmonds and Clifford Squance

 

Both Collie boys.

Toona was residing with his parents Josiah & Hilda Simmonds at 99 Wittenoon Street, Collie where his father was a miner prior to  enlisting  AIF  8 Oct 1941 later became reinforcement with 2/4th’s ‘B’ Coy No, 7 Platoon under CO Lt Dean.  (this was certainly preferable than being with ‘E’ Coy – a whole Company of reinforcements.  At least Toona was with a Coy of well trained men.)

He left Singapore with ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.  He was fortunate not to be selected to work with Japan and was recovered from Tamuang Camp, Thailand at the end of the war.

 

 

Please read about the Collie boys.

Toona was a former prominent Mines-Rover’s footballer.

After the war he resumed playing football.

 

 

He married Stella Spencer about 1948.

Returning to Collie he later became Colliery Deputy for some years prior to his retirement.

Toona passed away aged 83yrs, September 22 2002, at Collie, WA.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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