Remembering Brigadier General Max Simkin

Brigadier General Maxwell Byron Simkin, CBE KStJ
(Max Simkin)
August 10, 1922 (Kew, Melbourne, Australia) – November 5, 2003 (Brisbane, Australia)

  • Son of Roy & Ivy Simkin;
  • Brother of Ian;
  • Ex-Husband of Frances Mary, Irene Simkin and Leslie Margaret;
  • Father of Anne, Richard, Mandy, Tim and Toby;
  • Grandfather of Andrew, Robert, Ashley, Troy, Emma & Brett.

(Dad passed away 12 years to the day prior to his son Richard’s death)

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Photographs

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Memorial

Max Simkin Funeral St Lucia Church Max Simkin Funeral Decorations Brigadier General MB Simkin Memorial Montage

Links

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Memorial Service Video

Memorial Service on November 8, 2003, at St. Lucia Church, Brisbane

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Medals & Awards

  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Knight Order of St John of Jerusalem
  • The 1939/45 Star
  • The Pacific Star
  • The Defence Medal
  • The War Medal  1939/45
  • The Australian Service Medal  1939/45
  • The Korea Medal
  • The United Nations Medal (Korea)
  • The General Service Medal with Clasp Malaya
  • The Vietnam Medal
  • The Australian Service Medal 1945/75 with clasps PNG & Japan
  • The National Medal with two clasps
  • The Defence Force Service Medal
  • The Australian Active Service Medal 1945/75  UN  Malaya  Korea
  • The United States of America Bronze Star
  • The Vietnamese Campaign Medal
  • Two medals from the Republic of Vietnam

Max Simkin Military Medals

A Military Life

Brigadier General Maxwell Byron Simkin, CBE, K.Stj. was born in Kew, Victoria in 1922.  He was commissioned in 1942 and served on operations in the Middle East and South East Asia during World War II.  During 1945 he commanded both 49th and 11th Australian Squadron Air Liaison Sections, and was appointed a staff liaison officer with Headquarters Morotai Force in 1946.

He attended the Australian Staff College in 1948 and has served as a parachute instructor, with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, The Royal Australian Regiment, and Commander of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion.  In 1968 he was appointed the first Director of the Australian Army Aviation Corps and served in that appointment until October 1969.

He was promoted Brigadier in 1971 and served as Chief of Staff, Northern Command, in Brisbane, until early 1973 when he was appointed Australian Army Representative and Military Attache in Washington DC where he was recognized as General.  He retired from the Army in July 1976 and became Managing Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) until his retirement.

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Max Simkin

Max Simkin Irene Marshall dating in London Max Simkin on Ship Roy Henry Pap and Max Simkin Max Simkin Army Aviation plane Max Irene toby on SS Mariposa with Captain Max Simkin in VUNG TAU SOUTH VIETNAM. 1970 04. THE COMMANDER OF THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN LOGISTIC SUPPORT GROUP 1ALSG COLONEL M. B. SIMKIN OF RED HILL ACT AT HIS DESK Max Simkin in Vung Tau South Vietnam. Feb 1970. Commander of the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group 1ALSG Colonel M. B. Simkin of Red Hill ACT. watching a concert Max Irene Simkin Wedding SwordsMax Simkin in Washington DC residence dining room Max Simkin in Kentucky bluee grass 1974Max Simkin document Obit Courier MailMax Simkin Press Brig. MB Simkin in air on land by seaLieut. MB Simkin encouters Japs Taree NSW Sat 3 Feb 1945 Debretts Peerage SimkinMax Simkin document mbe Max Simkin document cbe Max Simkin document bronzestar Max Simkin document StJohnMax Simkin document army aviation Max Simkin document Duntroon Society Max Simkin document Sword Lucille Ball letter to Dad in 1975 Max Simkin document Commission Max Simkin document Regiment Max Simkin document Jungle Expert Max Simkin document Duntroon3 Courting Dad 2 1950 1964 Simkin Family 074 Dad Parachuting Major Simkin smiling portrait Dad Major with Mum Mum and Dad on steps of Seymour Home 4 Richard 3 1950 1964 Simkin Family 082 Mandy & Richard with Mum & Dad in Penang Dad Seymour School of Tactics Admin Dad Mum Elaine Beaumont Irene Marshall and Max Simkin in Melbourne backyard Vung Tau Vietnam. 1969 11. Col. J. D. Stevenson and Col M. B. Simkin former Director of Army Aviation march across the parade ground during the hand over of command of Base Vung Tau Vietnam. The Commander of the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group 1ALSG Colonel M. B. Simkin of Red Hill ACT addresses soldiers of his unit in the Kevin Wheatley Gymnasium Dad Vietnam ribbon cutting Major Simkin studying map Max Simkin Family Brisbane 1972 Dad with 2 big fish Dad in Papua New Guinea Boobies Toby and Max Simkin 4116 N. Ridgeview Rd Kitchen Irene and Max Simkin Washington DC Mars camping trip with Max and his first fish Irene and Max Simkin Washington DC uniform Cruise Ship Mariposa 1976 Sail a way streamers Toby and Max Simkin USA West Point 2001 Max Simkin in Chapel Max Simkin Korean War Memorial Canberra Canada Montreal Max Simkin Toby

Resting

Piper Toby hired for Max Simkin funeral to play Amazing Grace Max Simkin Plaque at Melbourne Springvale Cemetery Family Tree Melbourne Springvale Cemetary Family Tree Memorial Family Tree Springvale Memorial Cemetery Victoria Australia Map Springvale Memorial Cemetery Victoria Australia