George SIMS #57915

Indigenous Australian, George SIMS, 26th Infantry Battalion

Sims was initially assigned to the 5th General Reinforcements, Queensland and trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, just outside the city of Brisbane. Sims left Brisbane aboard a specially assigned troop train bound for Sydney where they embarked on the troopship HMAT Borda, July 1917 arriving in England 6 weeks later in late September.

While training at military camp at Fovant, in Wiltshire he was assigned to the 26th Infantry Battalion but fell ill in late October with chronic bronchitis and was admitted to the Military Hospital at Hurdcott, another Australian facility.

Simms was never to see action in the front line, the war had ended in Europe by the time he was well enough to participate. He was repatriated to Queensland in December 1918 returning on the hospital ship Somali.

Sims lived and worked in both Queensland and NSW – Cloncurry, Wowan in the Dawson Valley and Junee, in the Riverina region of NSW; he married Mary Ellen Armstrong in 1939.

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