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John Edward Theodore SIMS

Regimental number4939
Date of birth4 February 1889
Place of birthNorth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolAbbotsford State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram employee
Address9 Bennett Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27.1
Height5' 10.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs F E Sims, 9 Bennett Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in the old 5th Australian Infantry Regiment, East Melbourne; disbanded.
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 7 March 1916; disembarked Suez.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, South Railhead, 12 May 1916 (backache); transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 15 May 1916; date of discharge not recorded.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2510105: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMS John Edward Theodore
Red Cross File No 2510105

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