Topic: William Thomas Sim

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds.

CWGC locale history:  Longueval is a village 11 kilometres east of Albert.  High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by 47th (London) Division on 15 September 1916. It was lost during the German advance of April 1918, but retaken the following August. Thistle Dump Cemetery was begun in August 1916 and used as a front line cemetery until February 1917. It was later increased after the Armistice by the concentration of 56 graves from the Somme battlefields. There are now 196 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 59 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to four casualties known to be buried among them.

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William Thomas Sim


First Names:William Thomas
Last Name:Sim
Date of Birth:1896
Date of Death:15 September 1916
Place of Death:Somme, France
Memorial or Cemetery:Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, Special memorial
Age at death:20
User Name:L. M. Seaton
Regiment or Service:Otago Regiment
Enlistment details:enlisted at Temuka, South Canterbury
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Thomas William and Mary Ellen Sim, of Kirwee, North Canterbury.
Service Number:9/1110
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:14 August 1915
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Willochra or Tofua
Cause of Death:Died of wounds
Other biographical information:Thomas William Sim (father), Crookston, Otago.