John Joseph Sims

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John Joseph Sims
The Battle of Sebastopol.png
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born 1835
Bloomsbury, London
Died 6 December 1881 (aged 46)
Union Workhouse, City of London
Buried at City of London Cemetery, Manor Park
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit 34th Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

John Joseph Sims VC (1835 – 6 December 1881) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Sims was about 19 years old, and a private in the 34th Regiment of Foot (later the Border Regiment), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 18 June 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimea, after the regiment had retired into the trenches from the assault on the Redan, Private Sims went out under very heavy fire in broad daylight and brought in wounded soldiers outside the trenches.[1]


  1. ^ "No. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 659. 

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