Frederick Charles (Chas) SIMS

SIMS, Frederick Charles

Service Number: 3447
Enlisted: 17 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Wickham, New South Wales, Australia, 6 September 1879
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Canister Maker / Tinsmith
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3447, Depot Battalion
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3447, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln A17, Sydney
16 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 53rd Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3447, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Let us remember a Fallen soldier of The Great War memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

On the 19th July 1916, Private Frederick Charles Sims, referred to as Chas, 53rd Battalion (Reg No-3447), canister maker (Arnott's, Ltd, Sydney, N.S.W.), from 39 Railway Lane, Newcastle, New South Wales, was Killed in Action during the Battle of Fromelles, age 36. Cause of death unknown.

Born at Wickham, New South Wales on the 6th September 1879 to Richard (died 13.7.1891, Newcastle, N.S.W., age 50) of Murray Street, Hamilton, N.S.W., and Sarah Sims nee Jerome (remarried to John Caldwell, 1908, Wickham, N.S.W., died?, Sarah died 23.2.1927, Hamilton, N.S.W., age 77, mother of 6, sleeping here) of 1 and 3 Dangar Street, Wickham, New South Wales and Donald Street, Hamilton North, N.S.W., Chas enlisted on the 2nd August 1915 with the 4th Battalion at Warwick Farm, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on the 13th October 1915.

Disembarked Marseilles, France 28.6.1916.

21 days in the field.

Reported Missing in Action 19.7.1916.

Reported Prisoner of War 25.10.1916.

Now reported not Prisoner of War 22.10.1917.

Now pronounced Killed in Action 3.12.1917.

Chas’s name has been inscribed on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France. Panel 9.

Place of Association - Wickham, New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Sims’s name has also been inscribed on the Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board (1), Lambton and New Lambton Roll of Honor, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Hamilton St. Peter's Anglican Church Honor Roll, Hamilton-Rose of Hamilton Lodge, No. 1846, G.U.O.O.F. Roll of Honour, Hamilton-St. Peter's Church of England Memorial Trees and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. Name not inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour.

I have placed poppies at the memorialised Sims gravesite in remembrance of the service and supreme sacrifice of their son Chas for God, King & Country. ANGLICAN 1-22. 41.

Younger brother Edgar James (born 31.1.1882, Wickham, New South Wales, labourer from 1 Dangar Street, Wickham, N.S.W., married, enlisted on the 13.5.1918, New South Wales Reinforcement 12, Reg No-59373, RTA 10.9.1919, Australian Corps Headquarters, died 25.5.1957, Hamilton, N.S.W., age 75, not officially commemorated, also served 1st A.I.F.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.