Brigadier General Maxwell Byron Simkin, CBE KStJ
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.





Memorial Service Video

Brigadier General Maxwell Byron Simkin CBE, K.StJ Memorial (Nov 8, 2003)
Brigadier General Maxwell Byron Simkin CBE, K.StJ Memorial (Nov 8, 2003)

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

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

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.  He retired from the Army in July 1976 and became Managing Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) until his retirement.