Arthur John SIM

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SIM, Arthur John

Service Number: 6632
Enlisted: 25 September 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mitchell, Queensland, 8 May 1893
Home Town: Hindmarsh, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Hindmarsh State School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 18 October 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

25 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6632, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6632, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6632, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6632, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography

Arthur John Sim enlisted on the same day as his older brother 6634 Pte. William Robert Sim (/explore/people/313492) - They embarked together, and they fell together in Belgium on the same day.

Arthur was buried in the Military Cemetery at Broodseinde, within a few metres of where he fell. After the war, his grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium with others who have no known grave.

"OUR HEROES. TWO BROTHERS KILLED TOGETHER.

Privates W. E. and A. J. Sim, second and third sons of Mr and Mrs Geo. Sim, of Bacon street, Hindmarsh, were killed in action on October 18 in France. Enlisting together in September, 1916, they left the Outer Harbour with the 19th reinforcements of the 27th Battalion on January 24, 1917. After finishing their training in England they left for France in July, where they were transferred to the 60th Battalion. Both boys attended the Hindinarsh Congregational Church. Will also took an interest in the West Hindmarsh Methodist Church. They took a keen interest in sport, especially cricket, and were members of the Bowden Cricket Club for several years. Prior to enlisting Will was employed on the staff of Clarkson Limited, as accountant, the younger brother (Arthur) being employed on the clerical staff of Messrs A. W. Sandford & Co. The news of their death came as a great shock to their parents, as they had just received a cable on October 17 stating that both were well." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 12 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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