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Widmerpool Nottinghamshire
James Rimmer was born in 1884 at Widmerpool and was the son of John a gamekeeper and Margaret Rimmer of North Lodge, Widmerpool. His father John was born in 1844 in Haskayne, Lancashire and his mother Margaret was born in 1855 at Liverpool, they had 14 children In 1891 they lived in Widmerpool where James's father was employed as a gamekeeper. In 1901 James lived at Stretton Hall Staffordshire. By the 1911 census James is living at Clifton Hall where he is shown as being 24 yrs of age, single and a footman In the same 1911 census his parents are living at Widmerpool and are shown as John Rimmer 67 yrs a game keeper, he is living with his wife Margaret 56 yrs and their children, Robert Blackwell 28 yrs a game keeper, May Jervis 25 yrs a parlour maid, Margaret Ann 18 yrs a school mistress and Emma 16 yrs as scholar.
He was a hall boy at Stretton Hall Staffordshire in 1901 and a footman at Clifton Hall in 1911
22 Nov 1916
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10th Bn Australian Infantry (AIF)
Private James Rimmer enlisted on 30th July 1915 at Keswick, Australia he gave his age as 29 yrs and 11 months and that he was a railway porter, his next of kin was his mother Margaret Rimmer of North Lodge Widmerpool. He served with the 10th battalion Australian Infantry and on 27th October 1915 he embarked from Australia on H.M.A.T Benalla to join the British Expeditionary Force. He had been wounded in action, bomb fragments in the right thigh, on 9th June 1916 and after treatment at 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, returned to France on 5th September 1916. Wounded in action again on 8th November 1916, leading to the amputation of his left leg, he died nine days after being admitted to the 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport. He is buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.
Artilce published 'The Express and Telegraph,' (Adelaide, South Australia) 13th December 1916. “THE LATE PRIVATE J. RIMMER. “Private James Rimmer died on November 22 as the result of wounds received while fighting in France. He was a native of Nottingham, England, where his parents, who have six other sons on active service, reside. Prior to enlisting Private Rimmer was employed as a porter on the Glenelg railway. He was 30 years of age, and was of a bright and genial disposition. He was highly respected by all who knew him.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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