Simmons/Simmonds, A A
ARTHUR ANSELL SIMMONDS
Remembered with honour Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery: Plot IV, Row E, Grave 6.
He enlisted in Cardiff; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 31 May 1915, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Arthur’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Arthur in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 28 September 1918.
Son of William James and Catherine Sarah (nee WIGGINS) SIMMONDS.
His parents married 1879 in the Southampton district. William died 1921 in Watford aged 60, and was buried 22 January in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Catherine died 1921 in Watford aged 61, and was buried 27 May, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Arthur was born 30 September 1897 in Watford, and baptised 21 November 1897 at St Mary’s, Watford. He attended Victoria Junior School, Watford; then Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 12 February 1906 to 4 September 1907.
On the 1901 Census, aged 3 he lived in Watford, with his parents and six siblings. On the 1911 Census, a page boy aged 13, he lived in Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Unit"C" Battery, 93rd Brigade
Date of death31/08/1918
Age at death20
Place of death
NotesHis brothers: Thomas died 11 December 1916; John died 5 November 1918; both feature on this Roll of Honour
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