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Roy Noel Sime (Service no. 6/1011) was a First World War soldier

(Note: in his registration of birth, will and probate he is called Roy Noel Sime, but in his registration of death and in military records he appears as Noel Roy Sime)

 Pte. Noel Sime. AWMMPrivate N.R. Sime, Service no. 6/1001, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, 1st NZEF

Roy Noel Sime was born in Christchurch on 25 December 1892, the son of William Robert  and Janet Stirling Sime, ‘The Lodge’, 36 Hereford Street, Christchurch. His father died in 1897 and at the time of his departure Noel lived with his mother at 54 Mansfield Avenue and was a clerk at Aulsebrook & Co.

He was educated at Waitaki High School and Christchurch Boys’ High School where he was a member of the first Rugby fifteen. Subsequently he joined  the Old Boys’ Football Club’s senior team, being a very consistent forward. He was a member of the team which won the Canterbury Rugby Union Senior Championship in 1913 and 1914. He was also a prominent member of the Canterbury Rowing Club, representing it at regattas.

He joined the main expeditionary force as one of the two orderlies of Lieutenant-Colonel Macbean Stewart, but later he, with his fellow orderly and chum, Private T.L. Burns, were transferred to A Company. All three were killed in the very early stages of the fighting. Initial training began at Addington, with a range at Redcliffs being used for musket practice. He left for war from Lyttelton on 16 October 1914 on board either the Tahiti or the Athenic, arriving in Suez on 3 December. The Battalion camped at Zeitoun, four miles out of Cairo in a sandy and dirty site, where further training was held. He was one of the Canterbury men at  a dinner at Shepheard’s Hotel to celebrate Christmas which was attended by 65. The menu card bears his signature (Noel R. Sime) at mid left. In late January news was received that the Turks were advancing on the Suez Canal and the Battalion was ordered to garrison posts at El Ferdan and Battery Post. The Turk attack took place early on the morning of 3 February 1915 and was repulsed by the next day. The Battalion remained in the Canal area, manning a few posts north of Ismailia till it returned to Zeitounon 26 February. They embarked on 13 April and landed at Mudros on the island of Lemnos and travelled on to Anzac Cove on 25 April where they were immediately involved in heavy fighting. He was killed in action on 25 April 1915 on Walker’s Ridge, Gallipoli, and is commemorated on panel 75 of the Lone Pine Memorial in the Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey.

His next of kin were his mother and brother, Euing Hamilton Sime. His estate amounted to £501.

Lone Pine Memorial   Lone Pine Memorial : detail  Sime Family Grave, Linwood Cemetery

He is remembered on the family headstone at Linwood Cemetery.

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Roy Noel Sime

First Names:Roy Noel
Last Name:Sime
Place of Birth:Christchurch