To Honour Canada's Military


RCN RCN (Royal Canadian Navy)
Motto: ‎Ready Aye Ready

The RCN expanded greatly during the Second World War. From its modest beginnings of six ocean-going ships and 3,500 officers and men (both regular and reserve) at the outbreak of the war, it grew into a large and capable fighting force. This was important as the navy was immediately called on to help. In fact, the navy was the main thrust of Canada’s war effort in the first two years of the conflict as German U-boats again made cutting off Allied shipping a top priority and the Allied navies had to find a way to protect the merchant vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean so supplies could reach Europe.
HMCS La Hulloise HMCS La Hulloise
AB Simpson DSM Thomas Joseph
Rank: Able Seaman

Service Number: N/A
Born: Nov 06, 1921 Windsor, Ontario
Discharged: Aug. 1945

Served In: World War 2
Service: RCN (Royal Canadian Navy)
Ship: HMCS La Hulloise
General Service General Service Badge WW2
Service Details :
HMCS Shawinigan, HMCS Toronto, HMCS La Hulloise. Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M) for the sinking of German U-Boat #1302 and for gallantry, resolution and skill whilst serving on the H.M. Canadian Ship La Hulloise in successful anti U-Boat Warfare.

Distinguished Service Medal
The medal is awarded to Chief Petty Officers, Petty Officers and men of the navy (or army and air force personnel of equal rank serving with the fleet) who show themselves to the fore in action, and set an example of bravery and resource under fire, but without performing acts of such pre-eminent bravery as would render them eligible to receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.
1939-45 Star
The Star was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).
Italy Star
The star was awarded for one day operational service in Sicily or Italy between 11 June 1943 and 08 May 1945.
France And Germany Star
The Star was awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 06 June 1944 (D-Day) and 08 May 1945.
Defence Medal
Although the medal was usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 03 September 1939 and 08 May 1945, the exact terms were: Service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened, providing such service lasted for three or more years. Service overseas or outside the country of residence, providing that such service lasted for one year, except in territories threatened by the enemy or subject to bomb attacks, in which case it was six months prior to 02 September 1945. Under the terms of this last condition, Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. The qualifying period in mine and bomb disposal was three months. Canadians serving in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified for this medal. Those awarded the GC or GM for civil defence received this medal. Home Guard and others in Britain qualified for this medal.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal is granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who voluntarily served on Active Service and have honourably completed eighteen months (540 days) total voluntary service from September 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947.
War Medal (1939-45)
The War Medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines for serving for 28 days between 03 September 1939 and 02 September 1945. In the Merchant Navy, the 28 days must have been served at sea.

Service Notes: A Story About the Sinking of U-Boat #1302 In this particular case, we were doing a sweep in the Irish Sea. We were sweeping for submarines that we thought were in the vicinity because, at that time, there was vessels coming out of England that were taking troops into Italy. We got a message that there was a German submarine U-775 that torpedoed the British seaboat [SS] Empire Geraint. On the emergency call frequency a message from the damaged ship went out. Now, three ships from our escort - the Canadian Frigates, [HMCS] La Hulloise, the [HMCS] Strathadam and the [HMCS] Thetford Mines went looking for this submarine. The three ships took up our formation with the Strathadam as the command vessel. Now, the La Hulloise, which I was on, took up the port side position with the Thetford Mines on the starboard. And it was approximately, oh I would say, around 2200, I was in the radar cabin and we were closed up prepared for radar sweeping. And the next morning, it was a beautiful morning, you know, the sea was as calm as it could possibly be and the horizon was just something else. Everything was in order for making a sweep. Now at approximately 0300, just off the St. George's Channel, the Officer of the Watch acknowledged that I had picked up a radar contact and that it was a buoy sitting out there just at the tip of land's end. And I was told to continue my sweep. Upon a second sweep the Officer of the Watch was informed, again, that the radar showed two pips off the port beam. The Officer of the Watch responded to the radar operator that the operator was seeing gremlins. Well, I took offence to that and I descended down to the bridge to have a dialogue with the officer. So the skipper of the La Hulloise, upon hearing the verbal confrontation where he sleeps just below the bridge so he heard everything that was going on between myself and the officer. I told him of the second contact but the officer ignored it. To which the skipper ordered the ship to be brought around and headed in the direction of the buoy. At approximately a hundred yards from the buoy, the skipper ordered two signal lights to pinpoint the buoy. Upon closer inspection a snorkel came into view. Now the sub was hiding alongside the buoy in an attempt to avoid being detected. And, in doing so, they're expelling carbon dioxide from its battery. At that moment the La Hulloise fired off star shells to illuminate the night sky, then descended upon the area of the snorkel, and at that point, the sub realized that they were being attacked and started to dive. There was a contact between the ship and the sub which sent the sub to the bottom where she stayed. The other two vessels, Strathadam and Thetford Mines, launched a depth charge attack, the attack continued over some time until an oil slick and debris was observed. Items from the sub now came to the surface, boats were launched to recover some of the debris and, among other things, personal letters and journals from the engine room were found by the crew members of the La Hulloise. It was later determined it was not the U775, rather the U-Boat 1302.
Enlisted: November 6, 1942 Esquimalt, B.C and Halifax, Nova Scotia
Pre/Post War:
AB Thomas Joseph Simpson DSM on other official websites

Researched By: Sean Wilson

AB Thomas Joseph Simpson DSM
Printable Version
Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Distinguished Service Medal
1939-45 Star
Italy Star
France And Germany Star
Defence Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal (1939-45)



Clicking Thumbnail will enlarge image
Highslide JS
Thomas Simpson at HMCS York in Toronto after the commissioning ceremony of the HMCS Toronto on July 29, 1993. Thomas Simpson was on the original HMCS Toronto in 1944.
Highslide JS
Highslide JS
Thomas J. Simpson receiving the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) from Field Marshal the Right Honourable Harold Alexander, the Earl Alexander of Tunis. Harold Alexander was the 17th Governor General of Canada.
Highslide JS
Highslide JS
Highslide JS
Thomas Simpson and his friends.