Toby birthplace in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England at The Stone

My Birthplace

I uncovered in archives from UK registries that the tiny building where I was born on April 21, 1964, located on Pheasant Hill, in the village of Chalfont St. Giles, in England called “The Stone”, still maintains interior paneling and ceiling beams from the original house built in 1587.

Oliver Cromwell stayed in The Stone after the skirmish at Aylesbury in the mid 1600’s.

The 1971 film, Dad’s Army, was filmed in Chalfont St Giles.

Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England

Chalfont St Giles Birthplace Toby

Mum The Answer Is YesMy mother discovered that she was pregnant with me with an amusing note of 4 words from her Doctor in Amersham with the words “The answer is YES!”.

I was christened Toby James, in honour of close family friend Jim Scott in Australia, who had passed away shortly before I was born.

At that time, my family lived at the Joint Services Staff College at Latimer in Buckinghamshire, near the Chalfonts (i.e. Little Chalfont, Chalfont St. Giles and Chalfont St. Peter).   In 1971, the popular British TV Series Dad’s Army was filmed in the village.   A WRAC officer at the College was Elaine Ironmonger, a great family friend, and became my Godmother, and we keep in touch to this day.

Toby Simkin as newborn baby in swingChalfont St. Giles to Latimer street map detailElaine Ironmonger (left) -- Toby's Godmother, with Toby's father, Max, and mother, Irene (far right)Latimer Staff College