Archibald Reginald SIMS

SIMS, Archibald Reginald

Service Numbers: S19919, SX10931, SX15933
Enlisted: 25 July 1940, Unley, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, NSW, 7 December 1919
Home Town: Forestville, South Australia
Schooling: Wallaroo Primary School, Kadina Memorial High School, St. Peter's College
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Car Accident, Australia, 21 March 1944, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Wallaroo Cemetery, S.A.
Church of England Extension Section - Grave 75
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wallaroo RSL Clubroom Honour Board, Wallaroo Soldiers Memorial Arch
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World War 2 Service

25 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, S19919, Unley, SA
14 Jan 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX10931, Adelaide, SA
3 Jan 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX15933, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion, Wayville, SA

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Reginald Whiteley Sims and Ella Sims, of Largs Bay.

Eveu the war, in all its grimness, was forgotten temporarily, when the news was received in Kadina and Wallaroo early on Tuesday morning of the double tragedy which had occurred near Wallaroo shortly after midnight Monday-killed instantaneously in a car accident were Miss Pauline Roberts, aged 26, of Kadina and Pvte. Archibald R. Sims, 24, of  Wallaroo.
The two other occupants of the car, who had a miraculous escape, were Miss Joan Ninnes, of Kadina, and Pvte. Ronald N. (Jo) Liddy, of Paskeville, and were admitted to the Wallaroo Hospital.
The party had attended a dance at the Wallaroo town hall on Monday night, and were returning itome, when the sedan car capsized after presumably having swerved on the road.  The steel lined hood was ripped off and the vehicle badly wrecked. The two boys were home on leave from New Guinea.
Miss Pauline Roberts, the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs K. R. Roberts, of Goldsbrough, 'Mort & Co., Kadina, was known to so many, not only in our district, but throughout the  State, and her sudden, and tragic death will cause many to mourn with her family. Of her two brothers, one is in New Guinea and the other a P.O.W. in Germany. She was a  young girl, so vivacious and abounding with life, that one never experienced a dull moment while in her company. Yet, "within the twinkling of an eye," death claimed her.

Private Archie Sims, was the younger son of Mr R. W. Sims, of Wallroo and last September was wounded in action in New Guinea, from which he recovered and was able to return home, only to be killed in the peace and quiet of our countryside. Private Liddy's condition permitted his discharge frown the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, and Miss Ninnes,  who is in a satisfactory condition will prboabiy return to her home within a few days. A large number of friends, anxious to pay their respects to the late Miss Roberts and her  family, followed the cortage to the Kadina cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, where the deceased's remains were laid to rest amidst a wealth of magnificent flowers.

A wave of sadness passed over Wallaroo on Tuesday morning last, when it became known that Pvte. Archibald Reginald Sims (A.l.F. ret.) had lost his life in a motor car crash during the  previous night. Private Sims who is the brother of Capt. Charles Sims. M.C., is the younger son of Mr R. W. Sims and the late Mrs Sims, of Wallaroo, and was in his 25th year. He  was educated at the local primary school, Kadina Memorial High School and St. Peter's College, Adelaide. At the time of his enlistment he was ou the clerical staff of the South  Australian Brewing Co. Private Sims saw much service in the Middle East, where he was wounded in action. Returning home he was eventually sent to New Guinea where he again received wounds. Of a cheerful disposition he leaves many friends to mourn then loss. Following a service in St. Mary's Church of England, the funeral took place in the Walllaroo  ceme tery ou Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. G. G. Evans officiated both at the church and graveside. The casket, draped with the Union Jack was borne to its resting place by  Lieuts. G. L. Boase and C D. Gill (V.D.C.), Pvte. G. Costello and E. Nitschke (A.I.F.). Messrs J. H. McCullock and D. F. Warmington. The Last Post and Reveille was played by Pvte.  F. S. Sponheimer, and as the staccato notes rang out many present pondered on the irony of a fate which allowed such a fine young soldier to come through the horrors of war  only to meet his sad death in the quietude of his home town.