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John J. Sims (3482 Pte.)

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Victoria Cross Recipient
The Victoria Cross without Bar
The Victoria Cross without Bar
Name John Joseph Sims
Born 1835
Died 6 December 1881
(aged 46)
Rank Private
Number 3482
Battalion 34th Regiment of Foot
Action date 18 June 1855
Citation date 24 February 1857
Border Regiment Victoria Cross Citations


For having, on 18th June 1855, after the Regiment had retired into the trenches from the assault on the Redan, gone out into the open ground under a heavy fire in broad daylight and brought in wounded soldiers outside the trenches. [1]


John Simms was born in Bloomsbury, Central London, maybe around 1835 (the actual date is unknown) and was only 19 years of age when he enlisted in the 34th Regiment of Foot and was sent off to fight in the Crimean War where he took part in the Siege of Sebastopol for which his Victoria Cross was won. John died on 6 December 1881, aged 46, at the Union Workhouse, Thavies Inn, City of London, from tuberculosis. He was buried in Common Ground in the City of London Cemetery, Manor Park, without a headstone.[2] It is sad to think that he was buried in such circumstances, however, please read this short article for more details regarding John's burial as it mentions his memorial plaque.


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