Frederick Sims
Service:                Army
Rank:                   Gunner
Service No:           79
Unit:                     1st/1st South Midlands Division, Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery.
Frederick was the son of William & Ellen Sims of 13 Lyndale Road, St. George, Bristol. Fred’s father, William,( died 1919) was a Wine Cellerman and in 1901 was living with his parents & five siblings at 3 Woodbind Road Whitehall, Bristol. By 1911 the family together with 3 more children had moved to Lyndale Road, 17 year old Frederick was employed as a Chocolate Maker. (Possibly at the nearby Packers Greenbank Chocolate Factory).
In 1914 the units of the South Midlands Division had just departed for annual summer camp when emergency orders recalled them to the home base. All units were mobilised for full time war service on 5 August 1914 and moved to concentrate in the Chelmsford area by mid-August 1914. The division were building up and training prior to going to France in March 1915. Sadly it was during this period when Gunner Sims died on home service.
Frederick is buried and remembered with honour at the Writtle Road Cemetery, Chelmsford. Grave reference C.183. 
Image by CWGC.
Frederick did not qualify for any medals as he had not entered active service overseas and his service period was not long enough for his family to be awarded a war gratuity.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Long Long Trail
1901 & 1911 UK household census