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William Munro Sim

Served with Southend Borough Constabulary from Nov 17, 1938 and died on Sep 19, 1940.

Police Constable William Munro Sim was the son of James Ross Sim and Johan Sim, and was born at Sandhaven on 11th May 1915. He served with the Scots Guards from 1st January 1935 before joining the Southend-on-Sea County Borough Constabulary on 17th November 1938. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, fair-haired and blue-grey eyed with a fresh complexion.

After initial training at Birmingham William was posted to the Southend Eastern Section on 20th February 1939. He married Minnie Hayward on 12th October 1939 and lived at 32 Seaforth Grove in Southend. However, within a few weeks he was recalled to the army, along with his colleagues Herman De Leur and Bert Pegrum.

He died on Thursday, 19th September 1940 after an anti-aircraft shell splinter passed through his heart as he ran down Newgate Street, London. He was Lance Corporal 2695069 in the Scots Guards based at the Tower of London, and was assisting the Auxiliary Fire Service at the time of his death. He was aged 25 and left a five-month old son, Gordon.

He was buried in Plot R. Grave 12206 at the Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend on Wednesday 25th September 1940. Among the mourners were his wife and son, Private Alec Sim (brother), Miss Bella Sim (sister), colleagues from the Guards and a party of 18 members of the Southend-on-Sea County Borough Constabulary.

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