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Ernest Richmond SIMMONS

Regimental number2982
Place of birthGlen Osmond, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPainter
AddressSouthwark, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 3"
Weight98 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary A Simmons, 8 Light Terrace, Southwark, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years 3 months in Senior Cadets, Area 76A; transferred to exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme.
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1917
Discharge date6 February 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 2 August 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 5 September 1916 (cardiac debility); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 7 September 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 September 1916.

Wounded in action, 1 December 1916 (shrapnel wound, left leg and back), and admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 3 December 1916; to England, 8 December 1916, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Karoola', 3 July 1917; disembarked Adelaide, 23 August 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 6 February 1918.

War service: 1 year 357 days (of which 1 year 135 days was abroad)

Death originally not attributed to war service. Imperial War Graves Commission, 10 December 1948, ruled that death was attributable to war service.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death28 April 1937
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMMONS Ernest Richmond

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