Henry (Nero) SIMMONS


Service Number: 14524
Enlisted: 26 January 1916, Enlisted at Adelaide
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Field Company Engineers
Born: Plympton, South Australia, Australia, 12 October 1889
Home Town: Gilberton, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stonemason
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 15 March 1951, aged 61 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery, South Australia
Buried with his sister Catherine Foster, brother Stanley Patching (nee Simmons)and niece Thelma Lange
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World War 1 Service

26 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 14524, Enlisted at Adelaide
11 Jul 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 14524, Field Company Engineers
11 Jul 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 14524, Field Company Engineers, HMAT Vestalia, Sydney
23 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, SN 14524, Discharged 4 Military District

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William Simmons and Louisa James; brother of Frederick James Simmons, Catherine Simmons, Stanley Leslie John William Patching (born Simmons) and Violet Hilda Grace Simmons.

Husband of Dorothy James Douglas; they had no children

Henry is a member of possibly one of he most disfuntional families of their times but they all turned out to be good honest and hard working people

He and his siblings many years in foster care before Henry somehow found his way to England where he joined the Royal Navy from which he deserted in 1910 and returned to Australia.

He was a stonemason and according to the family he was responsible for the manufacture of the marble stair case in the now Samuel Way Building in Victoria Square Adelaide

5 January 1919 - Returned to Australia on board Suevic

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal