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Victor George SIMON

Regimental number1516
Place of birthPaddington, South Australia
SchoolAlberton Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPaddington, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Simon, Charles Street, Paddington, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Naval Cadets for 3 years; transferred as an Able Seaman Signaller in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (3 years 9 months); still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Was a grandson of the late Colonel Abraham Simon, of the 'Caches', St Saviour's, Guernsey. Was interested in church matters and acted as a [sidesman] at St Barnabas' Church, Rosewater, SA.' (details from mother, Eliza Simon, of Paddington, South Australia).
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death23.6
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Eliza SIMON, Charles Street, Paddington, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Taken on strength of A Company and reverted to the rank of Private, Tel el Kebir, 1 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2500604: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 1576 Pte M.A. SYMONDS, 42nd Bn, 19 August 1917: 'I last saw the above soldier at Fleurbaix in the front line trenches at 4.30. p.m. 19.7.16. Since then I have not seen him.'

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

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMON Victor George
Red Cross file 2500604

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