Pte
William Robert Sim

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1891
Geboorteplaats:
Mitchell, Queensland, Australië

Algemene Informatie

Beroep:
Boekhouder

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
6634
Dienstneming datum:
25/09/1916
Dienstneming plaats:
Adelaide, South Australia, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 50th Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
18/10/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Broodseinde Ridge, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
26

Gedenkplaats

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Extra informatie

Private William Robert Sim was born in 1891 in Mitchell, Queensland, Australia as second child of
George and Christina Sim. He and his brother Arthur took a keen interest in sport, especially cricket, and were members of the Bowden Cricket Club for several years. Prior to enlisting William worked as an accountant.

He joined the Australian Forces on 25th September 1916 together with his younger brother Arthur
John. 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 William Robert 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 or their bodies not identified. They are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, panel 29 N.

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