Other people in this story: Andrew KimberEmma (or Emily) Kimber née AllenMargaret Kimber née Bufton
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetNewport Road, Cwmcarn, MonmouthshireBristolNewport, MonmouthshireLayton Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury
Story: John Kimber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1861 the son of Andrew Kimber and Emma (or Emily) Kimber (née Allen). Officially he was named Henry John but after baptism only 'John' was used. The family lived in Layton Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury. John worked as a decorator. He moved to the Newport, Monmouthshire area and married Margaret Bufton on 4th Aug 1884. There are no recorded children of the marriage. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment on 1st November 1903 through to his discharge to the Reserves in 1909 (Service No. 301). He held the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant. He had moved to 63 Newport Road, Cwmcarn, Monmouthshire by 1911 (his last known address) and from there he was re-embodied into his old Regiment on 5th August 1914. He was discharged on 29th July 1915 as being medically unfit for further service due to his age, sight problems and varicose veins. He died in Bristol in 1937.
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