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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916


CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916


Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916


Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916


Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Sgt 15718 Charles Kenneth Imison

  • Age: 27
  • From: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • D.O.W Wednesday 9th August 1916
  • Commemorated at: Abbeville Cc
    Panel Ref: VI.C.4

Charles Kenneth was the son of Edwin Imison and his wife Mary Elizabeth (nee Savage). His parents were married 15/8/1882 at All Saints, Runcorn. Charles Kenneth was born in 1889 and christened 03/02/1889 at All Saints, Runcorn.

1891 Census - Highfield House, Runcorn - Parents Edwin and Mary with children Kathleen M, John A, Christopher S and Charles K.

1901 Census - Heatherlea, Weston Road, Runcorn - Edwin and Mary with Kathleen M, John A, Charles K, Christopher S, Marjorie, Geoffrey H and Isabel E,

1911 Census - Heatherlea, Weston Road, Runcorn - Edwin and Mary Elizabeth with Kathleen Mary, John Alwyne, Christopher Savage, Charles Kenneth, Marjorie, Geoffrey Halton and Isabel Elizabeth. Father Edwin was a Pawnbroker and had been married to Mary for 28 years. Charles Kenneth was an Engineering Student.

Charles Kenneth’s service record shows that he enlisted 2.9.1914 in Liverpool, joining the 17th Battalion as Private 15718. He gave his age as 25yrs 245 days old, was 5’8¼” tall, weighed 178lbs and had a 40” chest.

He was married on 06/7/1915 to Dorothy Blanche Moyle at the Parish Church, Prees. They had a son Charles Kenneth Halton Imison on 20/4/1916 and sadly he never got to see his son.

Charles Kenneth was offered a commission as a Lieutenant in the regiment in January 1915 but turned it down. His service record shows his parents were sent a telegram saying he had been seriously wounded but then a later one informed them he had died. There seems to have been a mix up about informing his wife with telegrams being sent to an old address. He was wounded on 30th July but the family only received notification on 9th August. In the Runcorn News 11th August a report shows that both Kenneth and Geoffrey had been injured, no details were available regarding Kenneth, although Geoffrey had been wounded in the head and body and was in Whalley Hospital in Blackburn and had been visited by his parents. Service records for Charles Kenneth state that he had a gun shot wound in his thigh.

Charles Kenneth was a well known and popular figure in Runcorn and was a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He was educated at Liverpool College Upper School at Zurich and afterwards at Liverpool University where he qualified with honours as a Bachelor of Engineering. In 1913 after qualifying he was appointed assistant engineer at the Castner-Kellner works, Weston Point, where he had previously served his apprenticeship. He went to France with the first draft of the “Pals” and was in charge of a machine gun section. He spoke French and German fluently, and his special abilities made him a valuable soldier.

He was a Serjeant when he died of wounds on 09/08/1916, aged 27. He is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery where his headstone contains the epitaph:

"LIFE'S WORK WELL DONE. LIFE'S CROWN WELL WON.NOW COMES REST".

He is also commemorated on the War Memorials at Liverpool University and Liverpool College, Sefton Park. 

Two of Charles Kenneth’s brothers accepted commissions, John Alwyn Imison in the Royal East Surry Regiment, he was severely wounded and received the Military Cross in 1917. Geoffrey Halton had joined the 17th Kings Liverpool with Charles Kenneth, but later served with the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. Both of the brothers survived the war.

His father Edwin Imison died 14/10/1918 and his Mother Mary died 31/07/1932.

His wife Dorothy Blanche re-married in 1920 to Ronald Turner .

 

Killed On This Day.

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Pte 52142 Roland Armstrong
19 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Pte 50591 William Henry Birchall
32 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Pte 50193 Joseph Hubert Fotherby
24 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Cpl 265006 John Gilduff
33 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Sgt 57377 David Ross Hodge

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Pte 57421 James Faulds Hunter
24 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Capt Colin Laird
29 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Pte 17888 Benton Madeley
29 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
L/Cpl 27377 David William Vaughan
26 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Lance Corporal 22804 John Albert Cunniffe
24 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Rifleman 26156 Leo Phillips
20 years old

(103 Years this day)
Thursday 20th September 1917.
Pte G/19763 John Woods
19 years old

A total of 16 Pals where killed on this day. View All