B63935 Lance Sergeant John “Jack” Montgomery Simpson was born December 9, 1920, the son of William John and Helen May Ormenta Lumley, of Toronto, Ontario. He married Mary Jean Simpson, of Toronto. His younger brother William Jr, also served with The Queen’s Own Rifles and landed on D-Day.
Before the war, he was working as a jewelry polisher.
He joined the Canadian Army on 18th June 1940. Serving with the Regiment up until his death on D-Day. L/Sgt Simpson was serving with Able Company on D-Day in WO2 CSM Charlie Martin.
“The order rang out: “Down ramp.” The moment the ramp came down, heavy machine-gun fire broke out from somewhere back of the seawall. Mortars were dropping all over the beach. Possibly No. 1 boat on the right took more fire.
The men rose, starboard line turning right, port turning left. I said to Jack, across from me, and to everyone; “Move! Fast! Don’t stop for anything. Go! Go! Go!” We raced down the ramp, Jack and I side by side, the men closely following. We fanned out as fast as we could, heading for the sea wall………
Of the men from our boat, jack Simpson was killed on the beach and jack Culbertson was wounded. Jamie McKechnie, who only hours earlier had helped grab me into the LCA and doubtless saved my life, was killed and so was Ernie Cunningham and Sammy Hall.”
L/Sgt Simpson is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery which is just acouple kilometres from where he was killed.