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William Stanley SIMMONS

Regimental number2409
Place of birthEnfield, South Australia
ReligionChurch of Christ
OccupationHorse driver
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 2.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M G Simmons, 18 Queen Street off Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Cadets.
Enlistment date19 October 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Discharge date27 February 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 2 August 1916.

Found guilty, 14 October 1916, of losing by neglect part of his equipment, viz. respirator and gas helmet: confined to camp for 1 day and paid replacement cost.

Wounded in action, 30 October 1916 (gun shot wound, left leg, right thigh), and admitted to 1st Anzac Dressing Station, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 11th General Hospital, Camiers, 14 November 1916; to England, 14 November 1916, and admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton (wounds: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hoaspital, Dartford, 21 March 1917.

Discharged on furlough, 16 April 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 1 May 1917.

Found guilty, 10 April 1917, of being absent without leave from 8.45 pm, 8 April, to 3.30 pm, 9 April 1917: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks, and forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 9 May 1917; discharged to Command Depot, 10 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 63 days.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital, Perham Downs, 12 July 1917 (septic leg); discharged to Military Hospital, Tidworth, 18 July 1917; discharged to duty, and marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 2 August 1917.

Found guilty, 16 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 3.30 pm till 11.30 pm, 15 August 1917: admonished, and forfeited 8 days' pay.

Found guilty, 24 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 9.30 pm, 22 August, till 2 pm, 23 August 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, 27 August 1917, of, while a defaulter, breaking camp: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 August 1917.

Found guilty, 17 November 1917, of being absent without leave from 6.30 am until 11 pm, 16 November 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Statutory Declaration, Adelaide, 15 November 1917: Miriam Gladys SIMMONS stated she was the wife of 2409 William Stanley SIMMINS, having married him at Southwark, South Australia, on 21 February 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic', 21 December 1917 (gun shot wounds, thighs, right shoulder, left leg); disembarked Melbourne, 12 February 1918, for onward travel to Adelaide by special train; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 27 February 1918.

War service: 2 years 132 days (of which 1 year 334 days was abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin originally Henry SIMMONS, brother, Thebarton, South Australia.
Date of death3 September 1937 Death not attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMMONS William Stanley

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