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.
|PRESIDENT||Lieutenant-Colonel W.F. Soames (10th R.W. Kents)|
|MEMBERS||Captain E.G. Bowden (11th Queens)|
|2nd Lieutenant O.F. Dowson (47th Div)|
|2nd Lieutenant G.G. Samuel (10th R.W. Kents)|
Pleaded: Not Guilty.
The accused had several previous convictions which were read to the courts-martial before sentence was passed.
|14/04/16||Overstayed his leave by 5 hours||10 days CB & Fine 10 days pay|
|28/04/16||Dirty on parade||3 days CB|
|03/05/16||Deserted||5 years Penal Servitude (commuted to 90 days FP)|
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.