James Hunt Imber

Surname: Imber
Other names: James Hunt
Other people in this story:
Frank Imber
Mary Anna Imber née Hunt
Maria Louise Imber née Kitcherside
Mark Imber
Locations in this story:
St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Southampton Lodge, Paulton Ower, Nr. Romsey, Hampshire
Ford New Road, Esher, Surrey
France & Flanders
Calvin Road, Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Totton, Hampshire
Moorside, Bournemouth, Hampshire

James Hunt Imber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 4th March 1886 and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, on 19 April 1886 the son of Frank Imber and Mary Anna Imber (née Hunt) and brother to Mark Imber (b.1879) who died in 1915 while serving with the Household Cavalry in Ireland. They lived at 14 St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  James enlisted on 10th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 12th May 1916 when he joined the Hampshire Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 2220).  On 21st December 1916 he transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 33442) and served in France.  On 23rd August 1917 he was transferred to the 84th Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 629623).   He was found to have heart and chest problems occasioned by his service in the field which led to him to receiving a 30% Pension.  He was finally discharged on 10th February 1919 being physically unfit for further duty.  He gave his address at that time as Southampton Lodge, Paulton Ower, Nr, Romsey, Hampshire - this was a Military Convalescence Hospital.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  

He had married Maria Louise Kitcherside in Hampshire on 8th Oct 1918 and they went on to have one child who did not survive her first birthday.  The 1921 Census shows him living at 1 Devonia, Totton, Hampshire, working as a Chauffeur and by the 1939 Register had moved to 91 Ford New Road, Esher Surrey, working as a living-in chauffeur.   He died on 30th May 1959 at his then home at 20 Calvin Road, Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire, and buried at St. John's Church, Moordown, Bournemouth.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Mark Imber