Forbes Club SIMMONDS Memorial Plaque

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Location Forbes Club, 41-43 Templar Drive, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia
Type plaque
Description

Black plaque with gold lettering

The tablet was originally unveiled in the Warroo Presbyterian Church which has now closed.

A wave of deep regret passed over the Forbes, Bedgerabong and Warroo districts last Saturday when the news was circulated that Cpl. Edley and Pte. J. Mount ("Boy")Simmonds, sons of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Simmonds, of "Pretoria," Warroo, had both been killed in action in the fighting in New Guinea on November 10. When the news came to hand from the military authorities, Messrs. E. A. Clarence and K. H. Hastings, president and secretary respectively of the Forbes sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers' League, set about conveying it to the bereaved parents. They journeyed to "Pretoria" by car for the purpose, but on arrival there found that Mr. and Mrs. Simmonds were on a visit to relatives near Trundle, and their sad announcement had to be made to Mr. Albert Simmonds, a brother. Sincere sympathy is extended to the members of the family. The brothers enlisted at Forbes and were given following numbers — NX14281 Pte. J. M. Simmonds and NX14282 Cpl. E. Simmonds — in D. Co. of the 2nd/31st Btn. They served in the Middle East for something like 18 months, going right through the Syrian campaign together, and returned to Forbes about six months ago. Some three or four months ago they were sent with the Australian troops to New Guinea.
Forbes Advocate (NSW), 8 December 1942.

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Opened 20 June 1943
Inscription

In memory of

Cpl. Edley Simmonds

Pte. James M. Simmonds

2 / 31st Bat. A. I. F.

Killed in action in New Guinea

10th Nov. 1942.

Serving their King and Country

“Lest We Forget.”

Condition

Good

Names

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SIMMONDS, Edley

Service number NX14282
Corporal
2nd/31st Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 3 Feb 1913

SIMMONDS, James Mountain

Service number NX14281
Private
2nd/31st Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 7 Oct 1914

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