Pte
Arthur John Sim

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1893
Place of birth:
Mitchell, Queensland, Australia

General information

Profession:
Clerk

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
6632
Enlistment date:
25/09/1916
Enlistment place:
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 50th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
18/10/1917
Place of death:
Broodseinde Ridge, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
24

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Additional information

Private Arthur John Sim was born in 1893 in Mitchell, Queensland, Australia as third child of George and Christina Sim. He and his brother Williiam took a keen interest in sport, especially cricket, and were members of the Bowden Cricket Club for several years. He worked as a clerk prior to enlisting.
Arthur joined the Australian Forces on 25th September 1916 together with his older brother William Robert. After training in England, he joined the 50th Battalion A.I.F., part of the 13th Australian Brigade, 4th Australian Division. His battalion took part in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Mid October 1917 the 50th Battalion took over the front near Broodseinde Ridge. Although there were no major attacks, the German artillery was constant shelling their positions. According to the Red Cross Wounded and Missing file, on 18 October 1917 Arthur John Sim and his brother were killed outright during the night by a gas shell landing in their dug-out. They were buried at the Military Cemetery near Broodseinde Ridge only a few yards of where they fell (D.23.c.3.5.). After the war, their grave could not be located and they are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, panel 29 N.

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