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The Commandant of the Wolverhampton Volunteer Defence Force in 1916 was a Major H. G. Kimberley.

A Harry Grimley Kimberley was born in St Luke’s, Birmingham (registered in King’s Norton) in 1869. He married Lydia Crane in Solihull in 1894, and by 1901 he was living with his wife, and sons Harold Crane and Bernard H., at 2 Eagle Villas, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton. He was a cashier at a brass foundry. By 1911, the couple were at “Southfield”, Coalway Road, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, together with children Harold Crane, Hilda Mary and Lydia Joyce. Harry had become a brassfounder’s manager.

I have not been able to find out further information about Harry’s service with the Volunteer Defence Force during the First World War. He died in Surrey on 25 August 1948, leaving behind effects to the value of £162 6s. 1d.

 

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