James Leslie (Les) SIM

SIM, James Leslie

Service Number: 8006
Enlisted: 13 July 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 18th Australian Army Service Corps
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Accountant
Memorials: Briagolong Honor Roll, Briagolong War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Driver, SN 8006, 18th Australian Army Service Corps
8 Nov 1915: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), Driver, SN 8006, 18th Australian Army Service Corps, HMAT Bakara, Melbourne
9 Mar 1916: Promoted Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, Promoted on 9 March 1916 at Metras, Egypt.
8 May 1919: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 8006, 18th Australian Army Service Corps
15 Aug 1919: Discharged Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 8006, 18th Australian Army Service Corps, Discharged in Melbourne on 15 August 1919 as Medically Unfit (MU) due to injury to his left arm.

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Biography contributed by Neil Leckie

James Leslie ‘Les’ Sim, a member of the Sim & Co Timber Merchants family, was born in Ballarat and was a 26-year-old single Accountant when he enlisted in Ballarat on 13 July 1915. Being too old to undertake Compulsory Military Training, he had no previous military experience. He commenced his service on 19 July and was appointed Lance Corporal in Egypt in 1916. In France on 1 June 1918 Les had an accident where he was thrown off a wagon that was loaded with timber and was run over. He suffered contusions and abrasions to the head, left knee and his left arm. Les returned to 18 Coy on 23 September and a fortnight later went on ‘Blighty’ leave. LCpl Sim returned to Australia on 8 May 1919 on the Troopship Devenha, disembarking in Melbourne on 23 June and was discharged on 15 August 1919 from the AIF as Medically Unfit due to a problem with his injured left arm.

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