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Charles Alexander Sim (c.1840-30 July 1897) was an officer in the Royal Engineers and a local politician in the Westminster area.

He joined the army in December 1858 when he received a commission as a lieutenant in the Queen's Own Madras Sappers and Miners. He took part in the Kohat Expedition of 1869, was mentioned in despatches and was promoted to second captain in 1870, captain in 1872 and major in 1877. He fought in the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1879-80 and was again mentioned in despatches and given the brevet rank of lieutenant-colonel in November 1879.

He was promoted to full colonel in November 1883 and to major general in August 1884 on his retirement.[1]

He took an active interest in the civic affairs in Westminster, and was co-opted onto the London School Board to represent the area on 17 May 1888 as a "Moderate". He held the seat at the school board elections in 1888, 1891 and 1894 and was chairman of the General Purposes Committee.

He resigned from the school board due to ill health on 15 July 1897 and died 15 days later at the home of his brother in law in Chessington, Surrey, aged 57.[2]

An image of his grave here [1].

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