b. 16/02/1928 Redfern, Sydney, Australia. d. 18/10/1978 Tokyo, Japan.
Simpson was born in Chippendale, New South Wales and educated first at Carlingford Public School, Carlingford, New South Wales, and later Taree, New South Wales. Simpson joined the Second Australian Imperial Force, 41st/2nd Infantry Battalion, a militia battalion that served as a holding unit for soldiers under 19 years of age, on 15 March 1944. With this battalion he was posted to Cowra as part of the Prisoner of War camp garrison after the Cowra breakout. He was subsequently posted to the 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion. Demobilized in January 1947, Simpson spent four years working in various jobs, before re-enlisting in 1951 for service in the Korean War with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. He was promoted to lance corporal on 30 November 1951 and again to corporal on 21 January 1953. During this period he married Shoko Sakai, a Japanese citizen, on 5 March 1952. He was 43 years old, and a Warrant Officer Class II in the Australian Army Training Team, Australian Forces during the Vietnam War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
On 6 May 1969, in the Kon Tum Province, Vietnam, Warrant Officer Class II Simpson rescued a wounded fellow warrant Officer and carried out an unsuccessful attack on a strong enemy position. On 11 May he fought alone against heavy odds to cover the evacuation of a number of casualties.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIA, CANBERRA.
BURIAL PLACE: YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN.
Ray Simpson's medals including VC and DCM on the Australian War Memorial website
Pictured left with Keith Payne VC on the right
Simpson (on right) on hearing Keith Payne's (left) VC award