Other names: Charlie
Locations in this story: Twyford, Compton Abbas, Nr. Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersWokingham, BerkshireMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Charlie (sometimes known as Charles) Dibben was born in Twyford, Compton Abbas, Nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8 Jan 1899 the son of Alfred Dibben and Sarah Ann Dibben (nee Rideout). He lived most of his early life at Twyford, Compton Abbas. He enlisted on 6 Jan 1917 and was placed on reserve with the 5th Cavalry Reserve Regiment (Service No. H/69362). He was eventually embodied on 22 May 1918 and transferred to the 7th Battalion of the Tank Corps with effect from 14 Aug 1918 as a Private (Service No. 311932). He served in France and was eventually discharged on 24 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Gladys J. Rideout at Wokingham, Berkshire in 1928 and there was thought to have been one child of the marriage. The 1939 Register shows him living at Horders Farm, Mill Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Dairy Farmer. He died in the North Dorset Registration District in 1986. Of his brothers, Frank Dibben was killed in action and Claude Dibben served but survived.