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Wilford Suthern Simms Date of Birth: September 28, 1893 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Wilford was the son of Captain and Mrs. Alvin Simms. He left Yarmouth and moved to the United States where he worked for some five years in preparation to becoming a marine engineer. He visited Yarmouth in September 1915 and then proceeded to Glasgow, Scotland where he successfully completed the examination for an engineer’s certificate. He joined the engineer department of a hospital ship operated by the British in East India waters; however, he resigned his position in the spring of 1917 and returned to Scotland. He then joined the Royal Navy. At the time of his death, June 24th, 1917 he was serving on the Royal Navy mine-sweeper HMS Kempton. HMS Kempton was launched in 1916 at Ferguson Shipbuilders Port Glasgow and completed 1917. The ship had a length of 245.7 feet, and a tonnage of 810 tons. The mine-sweeper was one of 32 such vessels, all shallow draft paddle steamers. HMS Kempton and HMS Redcar were off the Spindle Buoy, North of Gravelines on June 24th when they both struck mines and sank. There were three casualties from HMS Kempton, one being Wilford Simms. Sources: photo: Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 308-309)
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