Other names: Charles
Locations in this story: Semley, WiltshireShaftesbury, DorsetMaltaCreteSouth AfricaGibraltarHighbury, LondonPoole, Dorset
Story: Charles Imber was born on 31 Jan 1875 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 28 Feb 1875 the son of Harry Imber and Marian Hodder Imber (nee Flood). He lived with his parents in Semley and later in Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He trained as a Tailor which came in useful during his military career. Charles enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment on 7 Jan 1895 (Service No. 4607). He served in Malta, Crete, South Africa and Gibraltar during which time he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal (5 Clasps), the King's South African Medal (2 Clasps) and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He had married Susannah Grummitt at Christ Church, Highbury, London, on 18 Feb 1905 and they went on to have six children. He was transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment on 15 Dec 1915 (Service No. SS8506). He held the rank of Sergeant Tailor and served World War 1 in the UK. He took his full pension on 7 Jan 1917 but was not discharged until 3 Dec 1919 when his term of engagement had terminated. He was awarded the British War Medal only. By the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Harbour Hill Road, Poole, Dorset, described as a Master Tailor (Army) Retired and an ARP Warden. He died in Poole on 5 Sep 1952.