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Regimental number3729
AddressTweed Heads, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Phoebe Simonsen, Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 July 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 1 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 December 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line, east of PERONNE, on 3rd October, 1918, an enemy strong post was encountered, which considerably hampered the advance. Private SIMONSEN at once acting on his own initiative, advanced to an exposed position, and shot three of the gun crew. He then led the rush at the post, killing two more of the enemy. It was mainly due to his daring that the post was captured. He later volunteered to carry a message and get in touch with another company on the flank. This he accomplished under very heavy machine gun fire, bringing back valuable information. Throughout he displayed coolness and courage, and set a fine example to all ranks.' 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1473 Pte Alfred William George SIMONSEN, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 5 February 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 October 1937
Age at death39
Place of burialTweed Heads Cemetery, New South Wales

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