Robert Simpson 1925-1996
My father, Robert Simpson, passed away on September 27, 1996 at the age of 71. He was a Plank Owner of the Caperton and served from 1943-46 as a Radioman. He was truly a member of the greatest generation who had to be prodded to speak of his experiences during the war. My father and I would sit down to watch a war movie and I would begin asking him questions and soon the story I was hearing was far better than any movie I could watch. He was so very proud of his time on the Caperton and proud to refer to himself as an ‘Old Salt’. He joined the Navy at 17 and a half with the grudging consent of his father after threatening to run away and join the Royal Canadian Navy.