Super Heroe Stories
Bill Smith

Another much decorated Buckley second World War hero was Bill Simmons, . Born in Buckley in 1917, he survived the war, and afterwards became an Anglican cleric. On the outbreak of war Simmons was studying classics at Durham University with the intention of taking holy orders. Volunteering, he trained as an officer, and in May 1943 was commissioned in the 5th Bn The Welsh Regiment. Whilst serving in France he was wounded three times: once at Laviente . Simmons returned to the front in 1944, was gassed in Ypres, and awarded the Military Cross. The citation read, ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a aid on the enemy’s trenches. He displayed great courage and skill in fixing a torpedo in position in the enemy’s wire. He has at all times set a fine example’. After his French experience Simmons transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1944 in which he saw service as a pilot and observer in Salonika and was mentioned in despatches. At the end of the World War he flew with the newly formed Royal Air Force as part of No. 56 Squadron. Here Again his courage and devotion were marked by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross and, from the Russians, the Cross of St George (The Russian equivalent to the Victoria Cross) and the Order of St Stanislas.

Robert Smith

I was a private in the army in the second world war aged just 19.In civi street I worked in the local butchers. I was on the front line at Dunkirk. I have never been so scared in my live I do not mind admitting. The noise when we were in battle was deafening with bullets whizzing pass my ears and many of my comrades getting cut down. I was one of the lucky ones to make it to the age that I am now. A day doesn’t go by without a thought of those times and my fallen friends.

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