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Ken Simcox

July 18th 2010    Category: General

The Wilfred Owen Association was saddened to learn of the death of our former Secretary, Ken Simcox.

Philip Guest,  a WOA Vice-President and former Treasurer, paid tribute to Mr Simcox and his contribution to the Association:

"It was a great shock to me to hear of Ken's untimely death-such a charming gentleman and friend. It was only recently that I spoke to him at the telephone. I first met Ken when I was invited to be hon treasurer of the Wilfred Owen Association under the command of Robert Hutchison in respect of the raising of some £30,000 for memorials to our great poet in Shrewsbury and Oswestry. That would be, perhaps, 20 years ago. (At 86 yrs my memory is not so good).

Later, I set up a web site in the name of the Association, the content of which had a military flavour relating to Wilfred's army service-an aspect of research that had not previously been fully examined.  Later, following input from Merryn Williams, I realised the value of her contributions in enhancing the academic side of the web site.  It was then that Ken came to my aid around 1999 and, in the course of almost a decade produced critiques (some 60 or so for me to type!) and thereafter, publish on the Association's web site.  They are still there today, in his name, and are a worthy tribute to a man I consider was always too modest concerning his achievements in his research and writings on the life of Wilfred Owen.

We will all miss him."

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