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Francis Colston SIMS

Regimental number2799
Place of birthBristol England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address93 Alma Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Emma A Sims, 93 Alma Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 2 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2799A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 4 September 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death39
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialWarloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No. 20), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
154
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (marble tablet) in St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle, Western Australia. Inscription reads: 'To the glory of God. The Choir Vestry was erected A.D. 1922 in grateful memory of the men from this parish who gave their lives for God and King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919. "Their name liveth for evermore."' Parents: George and Rhoda SIMS; husband of E.A. SIMS, Hobart Road, New Lambton, New South Wales. Native of Bristol, England
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 4561 Pte Francis Matthews BRENNAN, 48th Bn, killed in action, 2 April 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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