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1493, Private Thomas KIMBLE — 13th Light Dragoons

Also recorded as "Kimbel", "Kembel", "Kemble".

Birth & early life

Born c.1832, the son of Thomas Kimble, a farm labourer, and his wife Elizabeth, in Old Windsor [two miles south of Windsor].

Just prior to enlistment, Thomas Kimble was living with his parents in Englefield Green, nearby.

1851 Census

156 Englefield Green, Parish of Egham (St John Baptist)

Thomas Kimble [Ancestry.co.uk transcribes it as "Kemble"], Head, Married, 42, Farm Labourer, born Bucks, Wyrardisbury.

Elizabeth Kimble, Wife, Married, 48, born B...[word illeg.] Windsor.

Thomas Kimble, Son, 19, Farm Labourer, as above i.e. Windsor.

James Kimble, Son, 16, Farm Labourer, Bucks, Wyrardisbury.

Mary Kimble, Daughter, 15, no occupation shown, born as above i.e. Bucks, Wyrardisbury. [PB]


Enlisted at Hounslow on the 7th of October 1851.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: None shown.


Sent sick to Scutari on the 16th of September 1854 and to rejoin the regiment on the 14th of December.

Kimble was sent to Scutari when the regiment was disembarking in the Crimea. From the date shown, he would not therefore have landed in the Crimea at this time.

The muster rolls of the Scutari Depot (which also record men in Hospital or aboard a Hospital Ship) show him as joining the Depot on the 11th of September, and "To Hospital".

He was aboard a Hospital Ship during October and November 1854, and was sent back to the regiment on the 14th of December 1854.

There is no mention of his returning to the regiment for the battles of the Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman. The muster roll for May through to September of 1855 shows him as being "On Command" at Scutari and embarking on the 9th of September 1855 for Eupatoria aboard the "Medway", and returning to Scutari aboard the "Jason" in November.

Transferred to the 7th Hussars on the 1st of September 1857.

Served in the field in Oude, East Indies, 4th of February — 14th of May 1858, including the Siege of Lucknow, 2nd-16th of March 1858. Regtl. No. 149.

Returned to England from India on the 5th of March 1865.

Discharge & pension

Granted a "free discharge" from Maidstone on the 29th of September 1865.

Next of kin (in 1854): Mrs. Kimble, living at Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey.

From his service, he was most probably granted the "right of registry for a deferred pension of 4d. per day upon reaching the age of 50 years."


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Lummis and Wynn state "no clasps", but he is to be found on the Sebastopol clasp roll.

Mutiny medal with clasp for Lucknow.

A "T. Kimble" shown as being a member of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in 1877.

A "J. Kimbel" shown in the 1879 revised list.

Corrspondence 1978-1984 about Thomas Kimble in the Journal of the Orders & Medals Research Society.Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge. Corrspondence 1978-1984 about Thomas Kimble in the Journal of the Orders & Medals Research Society.. Click to enlarge. Corrspondence 1978-1984 about Thomas Kimble in the Journal of the Orders & Medals Research Society. Click to enlarge.

"One More of the Six Hundred": Correspondence about Thomas Kimble as a "Charger" in the Journal of the Orders & Medals Research Society (1978 & 1984).

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Life after service

1871 Census

Uxbridge Road, Kingston.

Thomas Kimble was living in a mews and stable as one of many Coachmen on the staff of Frederick Crowder.

Thomas Kimble, 39, unmarried, Coachman, Old Windsor, Berks.

Marriage registered

Thomas Kimble and Henrietta Agnes Bennett, June Quarter 1872, Holborn.

Henrietta had previously been a milliner in Frith Street, Soho.

1881 Census

Pond Cottages, Barlavington, Sussex.

Thomas Kimble, Coachman, aged 49, born in Old Windsor, Berkshire.

Henrietta Kimble, wife, aged 50, born in London, City Road, Middlesex.

No other family members are shown.

[PB: the birthplaces given here are as transcribed by Ancestry.co.uk, but the online images are unclear.]

There were two large houses in Barlavington in 1881 occupied by people who might have employed a Coachman. One was Charles Willock Dawes, a Gentleman, who lived in Burton Hill with five servants, none of these being shown as a Groom. But a Groom (Domestic) lived in Burton Hill Lodge, with his nine children.

The other, perhaps a more likely candidate, was Richard Temple Godman, a Colonel in the Army, who lived at Burton House with his wife, Eliza, 6 children, and a retinue of no fewer than 16 household servants of various categories, three of these being grooms. A Coachman (Domestic) lived in the Bailiff's House, as did a Farm Bailiff. Pond Cottage must have been a number of cottages as families besides Kimble lived in them.

It is of note that Richard Godman had a particular connection with the Crimea. He became a Cornet in the 5th Dragoon Guards in 1851, and rode (as a Lieutenant) in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade. His letters home to his family, published in 1977 as "The Fields of War" (edited by Philip Warner), are some of the most vividly descriptive existing of life and conditions in the Crimea of the day. The second son of the thirteen children of Joseph and Caroline Godman, he was born at Hatch End, Hascomb, Surrey, in 1832. He had married Eliza de Crespigny in 1871 at the age of 39, she being only 21, and there were later four sons and two daughters in the family. He became a Major General in 1885, and died in 1912.

1891 Census

Latchman House, stables, Ham and Hatch parish, Kingston.

Thomas Kimble is shown aged 57, a Coachman (Domestic Servant), with his wife Henrietta, aged 58, born in City, London.

EJB thought that Thomas Kimble may have died in 1895. However, RM & Chris Poole discovered in Census data not available to EJB that a Thomas Kimble and a Henrietta Kimble, both with the right ages, were still living in the area well into the next century.

1901 Census

1, New Road Cottages, Ham, London (Parish of St Andrews).

Thomas Kimble, 66, Jobbing [word illeg.] Gardener, working on own account, born Berkshire, Old Windsor.

Henrietta, 68, Shopkeeper, Confectioner, working on own account at home, born London City.

A Boarder, George Neave, 40, Gardener, domestic, born Kent, Canterbury, is also shown.

Death registered

Henrietta Agnes Kimble, 73, September Quarter 1903, Kingston.

1911 Census

5 Victoria Terrace, Lock Rd, Ham.

Thomas Kemble, Boarder, 77, Widower, marriage lasted 39 years, Gardener, born Old Windsor.

He was boarding with a widow, Ellen Jessie Fidler, 49, and her two sons, aged 13 & 9, and a daughter, 10, all born Ham.

Death & burial

RM, November 2013: New evidence shows that Thomas Kimble died aged 78 at Ham, near Kingston, Surrey — his death was registered in the March quarter of 1913, with supporting evidence from brief reports in regional newspapers — Western Times (Devon), 19th of February 1913, and the Evening Telegraph (Angus), 20th of February 1913.

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The death of Thomas Kimble (named here as "Kemble") in 1913. He is the only man on the Crimea and Indian Mutiny medal rolls with this name.

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Death registered

Thomas Kimble, 78, March Quarter 1913, Kingston.

References & acknowledgements

Registrations of deaths, and Census information for 1871 and 1901, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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