SIMS, Robert Alexander
(Service number 8/285)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 20 August 1893 Place of Birth Invercargill, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 17 August 1914 Age 20
Address at Enlistment Balclutha,NZ
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John Sims (father) 22 Chambers Street, Glenavon, Northeast Valley, Dunedin
Religion Unknown
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Otago Infantry Regiment, Served in Gallipoli, Turkey
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Main Body Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Date 16 October 1914
Transport HMNZT 5, 9
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 August 1915 Age 21
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Notices New Zealand Herald, Volume LII, Issue 16023, 15 September 1915, Page 9
Memorial or Cemetery Chunuk Bair (NZ) Memorial, Gallipoli Turkey
Memorial Reference Panel 16
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru

Biographical Notes

son of John James and Mary Sims neeMcGillivray. One of twelve children. Lived at 118 Church St, Timaru


Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, PapersPast, NZ Archives War record

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