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Entry for Gunner/Driver William Kimberlee
C Battery, 69th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
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William Charles Kimberlee was born in September 1897 in Curdworth to Joseph and Elizabeth. In 1911 he was living with his family in Cole End. His father was a carpenter he was a paper boy. Driver Kimberlee, service number 11214, enlisted in the ‘C’ battery, 69th brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He died on 27 July 1917 in Mesopotamia and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
A Coleshill Soldier Drowned Mrs. T. Kimberlee, of Coleshill, has received the following letter from the commanding officer of the battery (R.F.A.) in which her son was a driver, and which is serving in Messopotamia:- C/69, R.F.A., 14th Division, Messopotamia Expeditionary Force, July 27th 1917. Mrs T. Kimberlee, Coleshill, Dear Madam,- I regret to have to inform you of the death of your son, Driver Kimberlee, in this unit, this morning, by drowning. He, with the rest of the battery, was swimming across the Diala river, near which we are in camp. While in mid-stream his horse gave a little trouble, so he left it, and was swimming after it to the bank. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, he was seen to sink, and was carried away at once by the rather swift current. The river is only about 80 yards broad at this point. He may have been struck by the horse (not probable, according to witnesses), or attacked by sudden cramp, or heart failure, but he disappeared at once. His loss in the battery is greatly felt, as he was a very steady, hard working, and reliable man, always cheerful and contented, and a very good example to all-in fact , a model artillery driver. I wish all were like him. I will see that any of his small effects are despatched to you. Kindly communicate with me if any further details are required. B.G. Ward, Major, Commanding C/69, R.F.A. Coleshill Chronicle
Coleshill Chronicle 18th August 1917 COLESHILL SOLDIER ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED We regret to record the death of Private Wm. Charles Kimberlee, serving with the Indian Expeditionary Forces in Mesopotamia, who was accidentally drowned on July 27th. He was a son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Kimberlee, of Cole End, Coleshill. Private Kimberlee enlisted in September 1914, in his 18th year, and has seen considerable service. Prior to the war, he was employed at Mr H Field’s Nursery, Coventry Road, Coleshill, and was a very devoted member of the Coleshill Brass Band.