Remembering Brigadier General Max and Richard Simkin

Today is a difficult day

Not just for the reasons you think (that is difficult for so many of us)…

On this day, over a decade apart, both my father, Brigadier General Max Simkin and brother, Richard Simkin left this world for hopefully a much better place.

Brigadier General Max Simkin and Richard Simkin

Memorial Max Simkin

Brigadier General Maxwell Byron Simkin, CBE, K.Stj. was born in Victoria in 1922.  He was commissioned in 1942 and served on operations in the Middle East and South East Asia during World War II. He commanded both 49th and 11th Australian Squadron Air Liaison Sections, and was appointed a staff liaison officer with Headquarters Morotai Force.  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 until October 1969.  He was promoted Brigadier General in 1971 and served as Chief of Staff, Northern Command, in Brisbane, until early 1973 when he was appointed Military Attache in Washington DC. He retired from the Army in July 1976 and became Managing Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service until his retirement.

Memorial Richard Simkin

Richard Simkin was born to Brigadier General M.B. Simkin, CBE KStJ and Irene Simkin in Seymour, Victoria on June 27, 1954.  Oldest brother to Tim, Mandy and Toby.  Richard attended school in England and Canberra, and later from 1971 to 197 the Longreach Pastoral College in central Queensland. Loving the outback life, Richard found himself happiest mustering cattle & sheep via horseback & motorbike throughout central Queensland for the majority of his life. Never married, Richard lived his post mustering years doing leatherwork in various coastal and country locations around southeast Queensland, before moving to Canberra in early 2012 to be closer to his mother and receive enhanced care in his advancing years. He passed away in Canberra on November 5, 2015.

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