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William Henry Simmonds

Private W.H. Simmonds was tried with desertion at a Field General Court Martial held on 19 November 1916 at Poperinghe. The court consisted of a President and three members.

President: Lieutenant-Colonel W.F. Soames (10th R.W. Kents).
Members: Captain E.G. Bowden (11th Queens).
  2nd Lieutenant O.F. Dowson (47th Div).
  2nd Lieutenant G.G. Samuel (10th R.W. Kents).

Pleaded:

Not Guilty.

Verdict:

Guilty.

The accused had several previous convictions which were read to the courts-martial before sentence was passed.

Date Offence Punishment
14/4/1916 Overstayed his leave by 5 hours 10 days CB & loss of 10 days pay.
28/4/1916 Dirty on parade 3 days CB.
3/5/1916 Deserted 5 years Penal Servitude (commuted to 90 days FP).

Sentence:

Death by Shooting.

Executed:

1 December 1916 at 7 am.

William Simmonds is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Grave Reference II.E.9.

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