Private Robert Sim was present during the entire period of the Gallipoli campaign. After the 'baptism of fire' on the12th July, he endured through the bitterly cold winter and the pitiful evacuation.
After landing in Egypt, the Battalion regrouped and Private Sim, along with the remaining Terriers, began the horrendous trek across the Sinai Desert(where the Battalion experienced a second large 'set piece' slaughter in a God forsaken area of desert known as 'Sausage Hill'). Private Sim was one of the remaining Terriers who marched behind the pipers as they passed through the Jaffa Gate after the Liberation of Damascus.
As if this wasn't enough for one war - Private Sim and the remaining Terriers were then transferred to the Western Front - where they suffered their final slaughter.
Private Sim was wounded August 1918.
He had a clear conduct sheet, however remained a Private for the duration (the fate of many Terriers, as their ranks became more and more depleted, the Battalion ended up 'tagging along' with larger re-enforcement Battalions.
After serving at Gallipoli, the middle east and the Western Front - Private Robert Sim was, eventually, disembodied on the 31st January, 1919.
Robert Sim came back from war and returned to his job as a Painter in Scotts’. An ordinary, family man with a remarkable history. I wonder if the Duke of Edinburgh could have guessed Robert’s story when he met him on his visit to Scott's in 1962!
Enlisted in 1914 in the opening months of the war. Discharged 31/01/19.