Born: 15th February 1880, Harwich, Essex.

Baptised: 30th October 1880, at St. Nicholas Church, Harwich, Essex.

Died: 26th November 1915; age 35; died of Tuberculosis, at his residence, 3, Stone Court, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.

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, Stone Court, Fore Hamlet, 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, Mariner’s 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 and 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 May 1880, Ipswich – daughter of Walter Willis, a bricklayer’s labourer, and Susannah Willis (nee Merchant), of 5, Upper Barclay Street, Ipswich.

Catherine and John had eight children:

Alice Maud Kimble, born December 1902, Ipswich.

Herbert John Kimble, born 1904, Ipswich – died 1904, Ipswich.

Kate Elizabeth Kimble, born 1906, Ipswich – died 1906, Ipswich.

May Beatrice Kimble, born February 1908, Ipswich.

Kate E. Kimble, born 1911, Ipswich – died 1911, Ipswich.

Stanley John Kimble, born 1912, Ipswich.

George Stanley Kimble, born 1914, Ipswich.

William C. Kimble, born 1915, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Catherine Webb – widow.


Evening Star – Friday, 3rd December 1915 – FUNERAL OF SOLDIERThe funeral took place on Wednesday, 1st December 1915, of Private John Kimble, of the 9th Suffolks. The deceased had been an inmate of the Lewis Crescent Hospital, Brighton, for some length of time, and passed away at Ipswich on the 26th November. Full military honours were accorded. The coffin of polished elm with black fittings, covered with the Union Jack, was borne on a gun carriage supplied by the Artillery at the Barracks, whilst the firing party were from the 2/8th City of London Post Office Rifles. A most impressive service was conducted by the Reverend W. H. Williamson, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich, after which three volleys of blank cartridge were fired.




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