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John Richard Thomas SIMMONDS

Regimental number1646
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGladstone, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 3.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Simmonds, Gladstone, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 December 1914
Place of enlistmentBranxholm, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 October 1915
Discharge date9 June 1916
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1178 Sapper Albert Edward SIMMONDS, 3rd Tunnelling Company, returned to Australia, 2 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 6 August 1915 (diarrhoea), and transferred same day to Fleet Sweeper 'Delta'; arrived Alexandria, 11 August 1915 (debility), and admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Kanowna', 30 September 1915; discharged (medically unfit: polyarticular rheumatism), 9 June 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Re-enlisted for Home Service, 19 October 1917.

Discharged, 10 March 1919: 508 days' service.
Miscellaneous detailsName incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as John Thomas Richard SIMMONDS.
Date of death3 February 1954
Place of burialCheltenham Memorial Park Cemetery, Melbourne, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMMONDS John Richard Thomas

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