11 December 1917:  Pte William Simons

William Simons was born at South Wigston, Leicestershire in 1892.

Location of South Wigston in central England (cc OpenStreetMap)

Moving to Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, William was employed as a spinning overlooker and was a keen member of a local brass band. He lived with his father on Wighill Street. 

2 Wighill Street, Sutton in Craven. Image capture August 2009 (c) Google Street View

William enlisted in the local territorials (with whom he was a member of the regimental band) and he was sent to France in about March 1917. On 3 May 1917, William was posted as missing but it later transpired that he had been wounded and captured.

Location of Ingolstadt, Bavaria (cc OpenStreetMap)

Held in a German prisoner of war camp (initially in the camp hospital) at Ingolstadt, Bavaria, William died of his injuries there on 10 December 1917 and was buried on 13 December.

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Hessen. (C) Commonwealth War Graves Commission 2021

He is now buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Hessen.

Above: The Pension Card for William which can be seen on the WFA's Pension Record Library 

Pte William Robert Simons, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt. died of his injuries 11 December 1917.

Initial research by David O'Mara with additional detail by Jonathan Vernon.