Pte Sim William Robert

  • Year of birth: 1891
  • Place of birth: Mitchell, Queensland, Australia
  • Date of death: 18/10/1917
  • Place of death: Broodseinde Ridge, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 26
  • Profession: Accountant
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 6634
  • Enlistment date: 25/09/1916
  • Enlistment place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 50th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force


Additional information

In 1891 private William Robert Sim was born in Mitchell, Queensland, Australia as second child of
George and Christina Sim. He worked prior to enlisting as a accountant. He and his brother took a
keen interest in sport, especially cricket, and were members of the Bowden Cricket Club for several
He joined the Australian Army on 25th september 1916 together with his younger brother Arthur
John. Following some training in England, he joined the 50th Battalion (part of the 4th Division,
13th Brigade) in Belgium on 10 August 1917.
During the Battle of Passchendaele at half october 1917 the 50th Battalion was at the front near
Broodseinde Ridge.
Although there was not a lot of activity around, the German artillery was constant shelling.
On 18th october 1917 William Robert Sim and his brother were killed outright in the night by gas
shell landing in their dug-out. They were buried immediately at the Military Cemetery near Broodseinde Ridge only a few yards of where they fell.
After the war, their grave could not be located and they are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, panel 29, stone N.