William Joseph SIMS

SIMS, William Joseph

Service Number: 2732
Enlisted: 18 April 1916, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 20 August 1893
Home Town: Malanda, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: South Kolan State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Pnuemonia, Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, England, United Kingdom, 1 January 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Sutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Atherton War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

18 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2732, Cairns, Queensland
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2732, 49th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2732, 49th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 1st January…… Private William Joseph Sims was born at Inglewood, near Bendigo, Victoria in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 6th May, 1916 as a 22 year old, single, Farmer from Malanda, Queensland.

Private William Joseph Sims embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 7th October, 1916 with the 49th Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 21st November, 1916.

He was posted to 13th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire where he would receive further training before being sent to the War Front.

On 28th November, 1916 he was sent sick to Camp Isolation Hospital & was discharged back to 13th Training Battalion, Codford on 18th December, 1916.
He was sent sick to No. 3 Camp Hospital on 21st December, 1916.

Private William Joseph Sims died on 1st January, 1917 at the Military Hospital, Sutton Veny of Pneumonia.
He was buried in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England where 140 other WW1 Australian Soldiers & 2 WW1 Australian Nurses are laid to rest.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)