Harold Arthur Sims First American Awarded M.M.

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  1. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    London Gazette 11th July 1940 p.4266
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  2. miranda liggins

    miranda liggins New Member

    Thank you Guy Hudson!

    I only got as far as finding my fathers death certificate (Chancery Lane)
    and the entry fo his MM (Kew)
    I have not seen this photo of him since I was very young, and I had not read the articles you found about him.
    I swam around for a while coming across pieces about his grandfather but got rather bogged down and sank!
    ( Too many snippets )
    He died suddenly in Atbara, Sudan. 1977
    ( What he was up to there I will never know, As the last I knew he went off to Nigeria in 1969 )

    I am so pleased to see your thread
    Thank you again
    Warm wishes
    Miranda Liggins
    (Nee Sims)
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  3. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Welcome Miranda.

    Here are a few more details for you.

    Your father received an emergency commission in the Indian Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, effective February 11th, 1945.


    He was later promoted to Lieutenant and honorary Captain in the British Army, effective December 13th, 1950.


    There are also a couple of legal notices in the London Gazette from the 1970s on behalf of a ‘Harold Arthur Sims’, which may or may not be him.

    N.B. The citation reference has apparently been changed from WO 373/51/19 to WO 373/15/289.
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  4. miranda liggins

    miranda liggins New Member

    Dear Richelieu,
    I am delighted and amazed at the efficiency of your powers of research!

    I remember being told He was recalled in 1945
    I have his Gurkha Kukri Badge, which would be the Dec 12th 1950 notice?

    I cannot find him in the 1970 Gazette item

    I can confirm the address in Birmingham, it is quoted on his Death certificate as the address of his executor.

    Now to discover what Rowheath consultants were, and why it was presented at the Royal Courts of Justice?

    Yours - in - awe!
  5. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    His Gurkha badge may be earlier – if you post an image, someone may be able to pin it down for you.

    To speculate for a moment: your ‘recall’ remark suggests Korea to me – perhaps not directly employed, but releasing others for service maybe. His service papers are the place to go, albeit there is an extensive covid delay at present: Request records of deceased service personnel.

    He is down as one of the Personal Representatives for the late Mary Anderson in 1970.

    Best of luck.
  6. miranda liggins

    miranda liggins New Member

    Thank you again, Dear Richelieu!
    I will request his records.
    Mary was his Maiden Aunt.
    I started looking for him in 1977, In 1998 I gave up when I discovered he had died the year I began looking. That covers 21 years.
    You and Guy Hudson have given me more information in one day!
    Today was just one of those days when I idly entered his regiment expecting nothing. I thank you both


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