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279 September 1977 28 Navy News
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Forgiven,
after 60
years as
'deserter'

Sixty years after missing his
ship. AB ALWIN GEORGE
JOSEPH SIMONS
wrote to the
Queen to explain why he was no
deserter, Now the Royal Navy
has forgiven him — and restored
his naval war medals.

AB Simons had already seen
considerable action before he
joined H.M.S. Kent bound for
the Far East via Cape Town. But
the Cape was as far as he got.

When the Kent sailed without
him. AB Simons promptly
joined the South African Army
and served “with very good
character" until his discharge in
1919.

BRISBANE
At some point in the next 40
years. AB Simons discovered
that the Royal Navy had him
marked as a deserter, but it was
not until March this year that he
wrote to the Queen from his
home in Brisbane, Australia.

Now the Navy has officially
pardoned 81-year-old AB
Simons. And in recognition of
his war-time service in South
Africa, his l914-18 naval war
medals have been engraved and
restored to him.

AB Simons joined the Navy
in 1913 and saw action in the
cruiser H.M.S. Southampton at
Heligoland, Dogger Bank and
Jutland
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Southampton

Simons, Alwin George Joseph
Able Seaman
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