St. James Street junction with Tanyard Lane

Frank Sims

Surname: Sims
Other names: Frank
Other people in this story:
Edwin Sims
Emily Sims née Gray
Ida Nettie Sims née Adams
William Sims
Locations in this story:
Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bournemouth, Dorset
Christchurch, Dorset
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Frank Sims was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 22nd November 1887 and baptised at Cann on 1st January 1888, the son of Edwin Sims and Emily Sims (née Gray).  He lived with his family during his early life in Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury.  By the time he enlisted the family had moved to 77 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 35925).  He later transferred to the 922nd Heavy Transport Company of the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T4/071058).  He served some of his time in Egypt and was eventually discharged on 28th September 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He had given 77 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, as his address on the Absent Voters List for 1918/1919.  He married Ida Nettie Adams in Christchurch, Dorset, in 1920.   Both the 1921 Census and 1939 Register shows he was living at 8 Madeira Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, and was working as an Antique China Restorer. He died in Bournemouth on 17th May 1980. Frank's brother William also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment and the Lancashire Fusiliers.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
William Sims