John Edward James SIMS

Regimental number1492
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCanowindra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinBrother, Edgehill W Sims, Canowindra, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name34th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations from 29th September to 2nd October, 1918 near BONY. On the 29th September when the Battalion moved to forward battle position and roads were not available, Lance Corporal SIMS was placed in charge of three pack animals accompanying the Battalion. When the Battalion came under heavy artillery fire one of the animals broke away, and Lance Corporal SIMS, despite the heavy artillery and machine gun fire, chased the animal and caught it. He then guided the three animals to the Battalion and delivered the loads. He afterwards returned to the Transport Lines a distance of 4 miles, and on the night of 29th/30th September guided a pack team overland for a distance of 1 1/2 miles to Battalion Headquarters with rations and stores. This journey was made under heavy artillery and machine gun fire over a shell-torn area and through many belts of enemy wire entanglements. The journey was carried out without a mishap, and it was totally due to the ability, courage and coolness of Lance Corporal SIMS, who greatly inspired his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal