SIMMER, JOHN RALPH

Birthdate
Birthplace
Tribune, Saskatchewan, Canada
Age
22
Parents
Son of Ida Simmer of Tribune, Saskatchewan, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Truck driver
Service number
L/8471
Engagement
1941-11-13, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Disembarked
1944-07-25, France
Date of death
1944-11-12
Died
Belgium, Died of accidental injuries
Force
Rank
Fallen Buddies
Awards
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
Plot 10 | Row F | Grave 5

"SADLY MISSED BUT FONDLY REMEMBERED BY HIS MOTHER, SISTERS AND BROTHERS"

Military grave
Additional info

Qualified Driver Class 3 (Wheeled) on April 9, 1942.

Overseas on August 8, 1942.

Awarded one Good Conduct Badge on November 13, 1943.

Qualified Driver I/C (Wheeled) on June 5, 1944.

Unit: 64 Army Transport Company.

Weapon number: IL328.

Wounded on November 8, 1944 and died as a result on November 12, 1944. Gun shot wound lower right abdomen.

Private Livingstone, J.J. H/77858, 64 Army Transport Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps having been duly sworn states:
Our platoon was parked at the city park in Gent, Belgium waiting to be unloaded, when a 3rd Division lorry approached with some soldiers. These soldiers wished to sell us some enemy weapons. Pte Pearce of our platoon bought a pistol but the safety catch was not working. I showed Pte Pearce, Pte Simmer and Pte O'Brien my German weapon and demonstrated how the safety catch worked. I thought that it was not loaded and I had the magazine in my pocket. I demonstrated with the safety catch applied, then I released the safety catch and pulled the trigger causing the weapon to fire. Pte Simmer crouched down clutching his stomach and I realized that I had hit him. I yelled for help and went to find an empty lorry to take him to hospital, in the meantime someone hailed on ambulance that was passing and Pte Simmer was taken to hospital.

Q1 How long was it before Pte Simmer was taken to hospital after being hit?
A1 Approximately five minutes.

Q2 What is the number and type of weapon involved?
A2 The weapon number is 256502 and it is a 7.65 automatic pistol.

Q3 Who now has possession of this weapon?
A3 It has been turned in to my Platoon Orderly Room.

Private Simmer, J.R. L/8471, 64 Army Transport Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps having been duly sworn states:
I was working on my lorry when I saw Pte Livingstone, Pearce and O'Brien examining some pistols. I walked over to look at them when I heard a shot and felt a burning pain in my stomach. I do not remember anything more.