NameJohn Percy SIMMONDS , Uncle
Birth7 Oct 1922, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death20 Jun 2001, Hafford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Burial25 Jun 2001, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Keatley, Saskatchewan, Canada
FatherAlfred Henry Percy SIMMONDS (1884-1975)
MotherMargaret Patience DEAKIN (1888-1966)
Birth24 Feb 1923, Aberbargoed, South Wales
Death14 May 1999
Burial18 May 1999, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Keatley, Saskatchewan, Canada
FatherDavid JONES (~1895-)
Marriage6 Apr 1946
Notes for John Percy SIMMONDS
Served in WWII, RCAF, pilot, flew DC-3’s. 437 Squadron (Flight Lieutenant Service Number J41767) Farmed his father’s homestead. Served as a Wheat Pool delegate. Also was active for many years with the Credit Union.

Graduation Dinner Invitation
Course 90
Graduation Dinner
No. 17 S.F.T.S. Souris [Manitoba, Canada]
February 8, 1944 1900 hours Blue Room

LAC. Breithaupt D. L., Toronto, Ontario
LAC. Brown, D. G., Stratford, Ontario
LAC. Brown, R.R., Richmond, Ontario
LAC. Cohn, W. S., Winnipeg, Manitoba
LAC. Darling, D., Peterborough, Ontario
LAC. Dever, J. K., Kemptville, Ontario
LAC. Foster, E. A., Queens Co., Nova Scotia
LAC. Graham, C. C., Vancouver, British Columbis
LAC. Hare, P., Toronto, Ontario
LAC. Hoare, F. T., St. Catharines, Ontario
LAC. Hunt, H. A., North Bay, Ontario
LAC. Kennedy, C. J., Toronto, Ontario
LAC. Macey, C., Middlesex, England
LAC. MacKenzie, C. L., Balmoral, Manitoba
LAC. McGrath, E. W., London, Ontario
LAC. Menzies, C. S. A., Glasgow, Scotland
LAC. Merchant, J. H. P., Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
LAC. Miall, P. G., Kent, England
LAC. Morrisson, L. C., Norwood, Manitoba
LAC. Murray, E. L., Souris, Manitoba
LAC. Nicholls, F. A., Wiltshire, England
LAC. Noble, R. E., Durham, England
LAC. North, J. B., Glasgow, Scotland
LAC. Oates, L., Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
LAC. Oldershaw, F. T., Brantford, Ontario
LAC. Olive, B., Lancashire, England
LAC. O’Neill, H. B., London, England
LAC. Oreto, G. J., Toronto, Ontario
LAC. Orman, J. J., York, England
LAC. Orr, M. H., Renfrewshire, Scotland
CPL. Owen, J. S., Merionethshire, N. Wales
LAC. Patterson, E., Verdun, Quebec
LAC. Pearson, B. N., Somerset, England
LAC. Pemberton, J. E. L., Hastings, England
LAC. Pollock, S., Clydebank, Scotland
LAC. Pollock, W. B. A., Ayr, Scotland
LAC. Powell, N., Staffordshire, England
LAC. Pratt, W. G. F., Montreal, Quebec
LAC. Prescott, J. B., Toronto, Ontario
LAC. Price, N. T., Bristol, England
LAC. Pugh, C. D. W., Cheltenham, England
LAC. Ravenhill, C., Lancashire, England
LAC. Reaume, G. C., Windsor, Ontario
LAC. Reed, A. E., London, England
LAC. Richardson, A. G., London, England
LAC. Rochfort, O. P. J., Stratford on Avon, England
LAC. Rudge, J. C., London, England
LAC. Schoolar, J. R. A. W., Nottingham, England
F./O. Simmans, D. K., Morden, Manitoba
LAC. Simmonds, J. P., Speers, Saskatchewan
LAC. Simpson, J. M., Winnipeg, Manitoba
LAC. Teichmann, O. R., Eburne, British Columbia
LAC. Thompson, W. R., Bathurst, New Brunswick
LAC. Wake, J. I. A., Winnipeg, Manitoba
LAC. Wheaton, D. H., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

end of invitation

Information on 437 squadron taken from National Defence web site

The RCAF did not form its own transport squadrons until the late summer of 1944 when three transport squadrons were formed overseas: two transport squadrons to operate in South-East Asia and one to operate in north-west Europe. No. 437 Squadron was initially employed in towing Horsa gliders taking part in the airborne assault on Arnhem and the crossing of the Rhine at Wesel. After the German surrender, No. 437 Squadron moved to Belgium where it conducted airlift operations throughout the European continent from Norway to Greece.

The third unit, No. 437 Squadron, began operations almost immediately, towing gliders for the airborne landing at Arnhem in September 1944. In the months that followed, its Dakotas dropped supplies and ferried troops, equipment, ammunition, and gasoline to continental bases, returning with casualties and VIPs. In March 1945, the Squadron again towed gliders for the Rhine crossing at Wesel and then resumed its routine ferrying work.

After the German surrender, No. 437 moved to the continent and extended its operations as far afield as Oslo, Vienna, Naples, and Athens. Its Aircraft brought home released prisoners of war and displaced civilians, carried food supplies for the relief of starving peoples of the once Nazi-occupied lands, and flew mail from home to Canadians scattered over the continent.

At the end of World War II the three Dakota squadrons teamed up in Europe to form a Wing until they were eventually disbanded between August 1945 and May 1946. Later these airmen became the backbone of Air Transport Command.
end of quote on 437 squadron

From the Military Service Recognition Book - Royal Canadian Legion, Saskatchewan Command
John Percy Simmonds WWII
John was born in North Battleford SK, on October 7, 1922. He enlisted in the Air Force [RCAF] as a pilot with 437th Squadron, serving in Bournemouth, South Cerney, Leicester, Croydon, Basingstoke, Brussels and [Buckebery,] Germany. He was discharged in 1945, and received the War Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, and Overseas Medal. After his discharge, he farmed on the family farm. John passed away on June 20, 2001.
Notes for Enid May (Spouse 1)
Grew up in a village by the name of Ynysmaerdy [near Talbot Green and Pontyclun], Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales. After completing school worked in the nearby village of Talbot Green. Served in WWII as a driver. (Leading Airwoman Service Number 472674 Women's Royal Air Force) In September 1946 immigrated to Canada on a War Bride Ship.

In the April to June 1946 England and Wales marriage index John P. Simmonds and Enid M. Jones, Bridgend district, Glamorgan, volume 11a page 1511.

From the Military Service Recognition Book - Royal Canadian Legion, Saskatchewan Command
Enid May Simmonds (Jones) WWII
Enid was born in Wales in 1923. She joined the British Airforce WAAF in 1942, and served in the UK, Gloucester, Compton, Bassett, Pembray and South Cerney. She returned to farm with her husband, John, at Speers. Enid passed away on May 14, 1999. She was a member of the Speers Branch #116 for 54 years.
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