Ernest Albert Simmons

Name   Ernest Albert Simmons

Number    Private 5487

Battalion      6th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Richmond

Next of Kin   His mother, Mrs. Alice Singer of Foster

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha on the 7/2/1916

Physical details on enlistment Age 20 years and 5 months, 5’ 5 ½ ”, 9 stone 12 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   Labourer

Date and place of death

He died as a prisoner of war on 31/8/1918 in Krankenhaus Germany

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried in Number 1 Cologne Southern Cemetery

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived in the Shire

 Military History

  • He is on the Meeniyan Honour Roll
  • He enlisted
  • 4/4/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Euripides
  • 31/5/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 12/6/16 He disembarked Plymouth
  • 5/9/16 He went to France
  • 14/2/17 He was sick in hospital with trench feet
  • 3/3/17 He went on the hospital train to Boulogne and England
  • 6/3/17 He was in hospital in Brighton
  • 23/3/17 He went on leave
  • 28/4/16 He transferred to the 6th Battalion
  • 17/10/17 He went to France
  • 22/12/17 He was missing in action
  • He was believed to be a prisoner of war
  • 14/2/18 His mother, who has moved to Seddon, received a post card stating he is a POW. He was captured in Cabrai.
  • 16/2/18 He was declared to be a POW in Germany
  • 18/10 18 A letter was sent from the Australian Red Cross 36 Grovenor Place London S.W.1 seeking information about his death
  • 31/8/18 He died aged 23 as a POW in Krankenhaus Essen. He was buried in a Cemetery of Honour. The information came from the help committee Munster
  • 26/8/1919 On Page 22 aof his file is a German death certificate.
  • On page 24 of his file is a German certificate saying he is in camp in Dulmen
  • There is a Post Card from the POW to Miss G M Singer 4 Beaufort Place St Saviours Rd Bath
  • 27/2/22 His mother received his medals, plaque and scroll

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