Born: 1879, Harwich, Essex.

Died: 26th November 1915; age 36; Tuberculosis.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 17134

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 10th Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Catherine Webb (formerly Kimble), of 3, Stones Court, Ipswich.


Catherine & John Kimble with daughter Alice.




1881     Eastgate Street, Harwich, Essex.


John was a year old and living with his mother & siblings.

Elizabeth Margaret Kimble (nee Goodhew), 27, Mariners wife, born Harwich, Essex.

Henry Kimble, 7, born Harwich.

Elizabeth Kimble, 6, born Harwich.

Bertha Kimble, 4, born Harwich.


1891   9, Daniels Street, Harwich, Essex.


John was 12 years old and living with his mother & sister. The Kimble family were living at their maternal grandfather’s house; also living at the house was John & Bertha’s great grandmother.

Elizabeth, 38.

Bertha, 15.

Thomas Goodhew, 60, a Master Mariner, born Milton, Kent.

Jane, 58, born Leeds, Yorkshire.

George, 18, a mariner, born Harwich.

James, 7, born Harwich.

Hannah Goodhew, 81, a widow, born Newington, Kent.


1901   Parkstone Quay, Essex.


John was 21 years old, he was a member of the crew as a Fireman on board the ‘Cambridge’, a Steamship – home trade.


1911   26, Curriers Lane, Ipswich.


John was 31 years old, a Foundry Labourer. He was married & Head of the Household.

Catherine, 31.

Alice, 8.

May Beatrice, 3.


John’s father was Henry Kimble, 1843, Ipswich – died August 1904, Tilbury, West Ham, Essex. A Lightship Keeper who was out at sea for the census.

1881, age, 37, a Lamplighter on board ‘Shipwash’ – Thames.

1891, age 47, a Mate on board ‘Dudgeon’

1901, age 57, a Master of the ‘Would’ – at sea.

John’s mother, Elizabeth Kimble died April 1901, Brentwood, Essex.


In 1901, Ipswich John married Catherine Willis, born 1880, Ipswich. They had 8 children:

Alice Kimble, 1902, Ipswich.

Herbert John Kimble, 1904 – 1904, Ipswich.

Kate Elizabeth Kimble, 1906 – 1906, Ipswich.

May Beatrice Kimble, 1908, Ipswich.

Kate E. Kimble, 1911 – 1911, Ipswich.

Stanley J. Kimble, 1912, Ipswich.

George S. Kimble, 1914, Ipswich.

William C. Kimble, 1915, Ipswich.


John Kimble was given a funeral with full military honours, according to a report in the EADT. His polished elm coffin, with black fittings, was covered by the union flag and carried on a gun carriage supplied by the artillery from the local barracks.

A service was held at Holy Trinity Church, after which three volleys of blank cartridges were fired by a party from the 2/8th City of London Post Office Rifles.

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