British Military Medals- Victoria Cross. Highest award for Bravery
Rayene Stewart Simpson was born on the 16th of February, 1926, the third child of Robert William and Olga Maude Simpson of Redfern, Sydney, Australia. His mother deserted the family in 1931. Stewart was placed in the Church of England Home for Boys. He attended Carlingford and Dumaresque Island Public Schools at Taree, New South Wales.
Stewart worked as a laborer prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on March 15th, 1944. He served on Morotai, and at Tarakan, Borneo, and Rabaul, New Guinea. His service in the Imperial Force ended at Sydney on January 27, 1947 https://mobilestrikegold.online/.
Simpson enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in January of 1951 and in June of the same year was sent to Korea as a reinforcement for the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in November, 1951, and was promoted to corporal in January 1953.
During this period he married Shoko Sakai, a Japanese lady on 5 March 1952. Simpson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in January 1954 and served with that unit in Malaya for two years from October 1955. His next assignment was to the 1st Special Air Service Company in November 1957. Steward remained with that unit until his assignment to the first group of advisers with the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam (AATTV).
Simpson’s team flew to Vietnam in July 1962.After a year in Vietnam he returned to the Special Air Service until returning 12 months later on his second tour of duty with the AATTV in July 1964. During his second tour he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions when his patrol was ambushed in September 1964.
Simpson was promoted to sergeant in July 1965 and to Warrant Officer Class 2 in July 1964. in May 1966 Simpson left the Army for a second time in May 1966.
Simpson again re-enlisted a year later and traveled straight to Saigon, South Vietnam for his third tour of duty with the AATTV. At the time when he was awarded the Victoria Cross he was serving in Kontum province near the Laotian border, as commander of a Mobile Strikes Force.
Serving as commander of the 232nd Mobile Strike Force Company of 5th Special Forces Group on a search and clear operation near the Laos border in the vicinity of Kontum province, he led his company to the assistance of one of his platoons who had become heavily