Sims, Melvin Harry Maurice


War Service:
Rifleman 2961 MELVIN HARRY MAURICE SIMS of ‘C’ Company, 1/16th (County of London) battalion London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) was killed in action on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Westminsters were part of the 56th (London) Division and during the battle of the Somme they were engaged in the ‘diversionary’ attack on the village of Gommecourt intended to prevent the Germans switching troops and guns to face the main assault further South. By the end of the day their casualties amounted to 28 officers and 475 other ranks.

He is buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuterne.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at the Private Banks Cricket and Athletic Club in Catford.

He was 23, the son of Emily A. Sims, of 30, Kingswood Avenue, Kilburn, London, and the late Harry William Sims.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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