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Tom Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: Tom
Other people in this story:
Harry Imber
Diana Imber née Dunn
Mabel Imber née Ashford
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Aisne, France
Portishead, Somerset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Ship Inn, Bleke Street, Shaftesbury

Tom Imber was born in 1871 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 11th October 1871, the son of Harry Imber and Diana Imber (née Dunn).  His father was a butcher in the town and they lived locally throughout his childhood.   He enlisted on 10th March 1894 and joined the Household Cavalry eventually serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Life Guards where he achieved the rank of Corporal Major (Warrant Officer Class 2) (Service No. 1934).   He married Mabel Ashford at Portishead Parish Church, Somerset, on 14th July 1906 and they went on to have three children.  From the outbreak of WW1 he served in France and Flanders where on 27th September 1914 he was wounded in the right thigh by a shell at Aisne, France.  He returned to duty after 2 months treatment and recuperation.  He was discharged on 30th June 1919 having completed the period of his engagement and was awarded the Silver Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct as well as the Victory and British War medals along with the 1914/15 Star.   By the 1939 Register he was living at the Ship Inn, Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, as the licensee.   He died locally in 1947 at the age of 75 years.

  • Bleke Street, Shaftesbury

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Iwerne Minster War Memorial 2

Sidney Charles Wareham

Surname: Wareham
Other names: Sidney Charles
Other people in this story:
William Wareham
Charlotte Matilda Wareham née Burt
Locations in this story:
Jerusalem War Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel
High Street, Iwerne Minster, Dorset
Sherborne, Dorset

Sidney Charles Wareham was born in 1878 in Iwerne Minster and baptised there on 1 September, 1878. He was the son of William Wareham, a farmer, and Charlotte Matilda Wareham (née Burt). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a groom and living at High Street, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He enlisted in Sherborne, Dorset, as a Private in the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 860). He later transferred to the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 230234). He served in Egypt and Palestine and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died of wounds on 9th June 1918 and was buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel (then Palestine) (grave id. N.91). He is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury.

  • Names on Iwerne Minster War Memorial 1
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 4
  • Iwerne Minister War Memorial 1
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 03
  • Iwerne Minster War Memorial 02

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives