Other names: Edgar John
Locations in this story: Iwerne Minster, DorsetFranceGreensward, Wokingham, BerkshireBradford Street, Bolton, LancashireShillingstone Lodge, The Chalk, Iwerne Minster, Dorset.Deptford, London
Story: Edgar John Dibben was born at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 27th March 1883, the son of Police Constable Edwin John Dibben and Ellen Dibben (née Pike). He spent his early childhood at Shillingstone Lodge, The Chalk, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery on 31st August 1914 and achieved the rank of Lance Bombardier (Service No. 98037). He served in France on attachment to the 60th (Reserve) Battery though, on his return to the UK prior to discharge, he was serving as a Gymnastic Instructor. He married Elizabeth Ellen Harris on 5th March 1918 at Deptford. He was demobilized on 17th February 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1915 Star. The 1939 Register shows him living at The Cottage, Greensward, Wokingham, Berkshire and working as a Private Gardener. His wife, Elizabeth died in 1942 and he remarried Beatrice M. Hilton in 1943. There were no children of either marriage. Edgar died on 9th February 1955 at his then home, 145 Bradford Street, Bolton, Lancashire. His brothers, Frederick Charles and Edwin George, also served in the conflict and all their names appear on a Roll of Honour published privately in Iwerne Minster. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.