John Kimber

Surname: Kimber
Other names: John
Other people in this story:
Andrew Kimber
Emma (or Emily) Kimber (nee Allen)
Margaret Bufton
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cwmcarn, Monmouthshire
Bristol
Newport, Monmouthshire

Story:
John Kimber was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1861 the son of Andrew Kimber and Emma (or Emily) Kimber (nee 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 4 Aug 1884. There are no recorded children of the marriage. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment on 1 Nov 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 5 Aug 1914. He was discharged on 29 Jul 1915 as being medically unfit for further service due to his age, sight problems and varicose veins. He died in Bristol in 1937.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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