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Regimental number701
Place of birthPicton, New South Wales
Other NamesSamuel Simpson
SchoolKalgoorlie Central State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressGosnells Post Office, Gosnells, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Jane Hall, Gosnells Post Office, Gosnells, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 March 1915
Place of enlistmentWagin, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A36 on 12 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 19 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialBologne Eastern Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row B, Grave No. 148), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel Shields and Elizabeth Jane THOMPSON, Gosnell's, Perth, Western Australia. Native of Picton, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: 911 Pte Ronald Archibald YELDON, 28th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 July 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli (date not recorded); taken on strength of Australian Records Section, 3rd Echelon, 4 September 1915. Reverted to rank of Sergeant at own request, 14 February 1916. Transferred to 28th Bn, 18 February 1916; rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 21 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 February 1916.

To perform duties of Company Sergeant Major (Temporary), La Belle, 17 March 1916; temporary rank terminated, 7 May 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound, chest); admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 July 1916; transferred by Ambulance train No 26 to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 31 July 1916.

Died of wounds, 19 August 1916.

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