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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).


Not 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).


Death by Shooting.


1 December 1916 at 7 am.

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

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