William Simmonds

Private William Henry Simmonds (G/11296), Middlesex Regiment, 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.

The court consisted of a President and three members.

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

Charge: Desertion.

Pleaded: Not Guilty.

Verdict: Guilty.

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

14/04/16Overstayed his leave by 5 hours10 days CB & Fine 10 days pay
28/04/16Dirty on parade3 days CB
03/05/16Deserted5 years Penal Servitude (commuted to 90 days FP)
CB: Confined to Barracks. FP: Field Punishment.

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.