Events Listed in LDS Australian Vital Records

KIMBER, (Female) B 1865 NSW Fa: Francis KIMBER
KIMBER, Abigail M 1874 WA Sp: William MUSKETT
KIMBER, Ada B 1865 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Ada D 1867 NSW Fa: Walter
KIMBER, Ada B 1870 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Ada D 1871 NSW Fa: Walter
KIMBER, Adelaide B 1859 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Adelaine M 1888 NSW Sp: Alfred WOOD
KIMBER, Agnes B 1878 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, Agnes Emma B 1876 VIC Fa: Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, Albert Henry B 1893 WA Fa: Thomas James KIMBER
KIMBER, Albert J B 1882 NSW Fa: William J KIMBER
KIMBER, Albert Louis B 1875 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Alexander B 1844 TAS Fa: Edwin KIMBER
KIMBER, Alexander B 1875 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, Alexander Taylor M 1870 VIC Sp: Helen PERRINGTON
KIMBER, Alexander Taylor B 1876 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Alexr Taylor D 1884 VIC Fa: Edwin
KIMBER, Alfred D 1887 NSW
KIMBER, Alfred E D 1880 NSW Fa: Henry
KIMBER, Alfred Ernest B 1872 NSW Fa: Walter James KIMBER
KIMBER, Alfred Ernest M 1898 WA Sp: Edith Catherine SMITH
KIMBER, Alice Eliz B 1873 VIC Fa: Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, Alicia Maria B 1871 NSW Fa: Robert KIMBER
KIMBER, Allan T B 1882 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Amy B 1875 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Amy D 1875 NSW Fa: Walter
KIMBER, Ann D 1887 VIC Fa: Lee Jeremiah
KIMBER, Ann Charlotte B 1864 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Ann E B 1885 NSW Fa: Francis E KIMBER
KIMBER, Anne Kate Eliza B 1888 VIC Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Annetta Victoria B 1901 WA Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Annie M 1886 NSW Sp: James J STRATFORD
KIMBER, Annie E B 1885 NSW Fa: Francis E KIMBER
KIMBER, Annie Elizabeth B 1887 VIC Fa: Robert Peachy KIMBER
KIMBER, Arthur Foster B 1875 VIC Fa: Alexander Taylo KIMBER
KIMBER, Arthur Groves B 1878 NSW Fa: Robert KIMBER
KIMBER, Arthur H B 1885 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, Arthur T D 1873 NSW Fa: Henry
KIMBER, Asher M 1868 NSW Sp: Maria WILSON
KIMBER, Asher M 1883 NSW Sp: Harriet KIMBER
KIMBER, Beatrice Laura B 1880 VIC Fa: Alex Taylot KIMBER
KIMBER, Bertha B 1881 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Carol D 1853 VIC
KIMBER, Caroline D 1830 TAS Sp: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Caroline D 1853 VIC Fa: James
KIMBER, Caroline Magdalene M 1871 NSW Sp: George BRAY
KIMBER, Caroline Sarah B 1874 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Carroline C 1844 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Catherine D 1860 NSW Fa: John
KIMBER, Catherine D 1860 NSW
KIMBER, Catherine B 1863 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Cecilia B 1863 VIC Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles D 1845 TAS
KIMBER, Charles C 1849 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles M 1857 NSW Sp: Jane BATES

KIMBER, Charles M 1861 NSW Sp: Catherine SCHISAKERT
KIMBER, Charles B 1861 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles B 1861 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles B 1861 VIC Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles M 1861 VIC Sp: Cicilia FOURTUNE
KIMBER, Charles D 1863 NSW Fa: Thomas
KIMBER, Charles D 1882 NSW Fa: Charles
KIMBER, Charles B 1886 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles D 1888 VIC Fa: U
KIMBER, Charles Clare M 1901 WA Sp: Maud Caroline FAWCETT
KIMBER, Charles E D 1874 NSW Fa: Richard
KIMBER, Charles Edward B 1874 NSW Fa: Richard KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles Edwin B 1872 VIC Fa: Alexander Tayl KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles Fawcett B 1902 WA Fa: Charles Clare KIMBER
KIMBER, Charles West B 1871 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Charlotte Maggie B 1884 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Chas M 1886 NSW Sp: Mary EYB
KIMBER, Clare Isabel B 1900 WA Fa: Alfred Ernest KIMBER
KIMBER, Coralie Eliza B 1876 NSW Fa: Robert Anthony KIMBER
KIMBER, Edith B 1886 VIC Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Edward D 1879 VIC Fa: Unknown
KIMBER, Edward R M 1888 NSW Sp: Selina BAKER
KIMBER, Edwd Jno B 1880 VIC Fa: Edwd Jno KIMBER
KIMBER, Edwin D 1862 VIC Fa: John
KIMBER, Edwin H B 1867 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Edwin H M 1888 NSW Sp: Margaret E D BRODIE
KIMBER, Edwin H M 1888 NSW Sp: Margt E D BRODIE
KIMBER, Eleanor Luckhurst B 1901 WA Fa: Alfred Ernest KIMBER
KIMBER, Eleanor M E B 1873 NSW Fa: Robert KIMBER
KIMBER, Eliz M 1881 VIC Sp: George HOGBEN
KIMBER, Elizabeth M 1842 NSW Sp: David ROSIER
KIMBER, Elizabeth C 1842 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Elizabeth C 1842 VIC Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Elizabeth C 1846 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Elizabeth C 1847 VIC Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Elizabeth D 1848 NSW
KIMBER, Elizabeth M 1861 VIC Sp: Henry Bouvirrie ISWORTH
KIMBER, Elizabeth B 1861 VIC Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Elizabeth A B 1856 NSW Mo: Hannah KIMBER
KIMBER, Elizth M 1879 NSW Sp: Alfred HERY
KIMBER, Ellen M 1846 NSW Sp: William WHITMORE
KIMBER, Ellen B 1874 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Elsie Mary M 1904 WA Sp: James Albert WILKERSON
KIMBER, Emily B 1857 NSW Fa: Walter J KIMBER
KIMBER, Emily M 1884 NSW Sp: John H EGAN
KIMBER, Emily A M 1858 NSW Sp: John MARTIN
KIMBER, Emily Jane B 1874 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Emily M M 1866 NSW Sp: John C HUMPHREY
KIMBER, Emily Rebecca B 1886 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Emma M 1855 NSW Sp: William WAND
KIMBER, Emma M 1860 NSW Sp: William POTER
KIMBER, Emma B 1863 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Emma B 1863 VIC Fa: William Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, Emma D 1873 VIC Fa: William Thomas

KIMBER, Emma M 1883 NSW Sp: John HORN
KIMBER, Emma B 1887 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Ernest B 1870 NSW Fa: Archer KIMBER
KIMBER, Ernest D 1870 NSW Fa: Ashor
KIMBER, Ernest Armadale B 1899 WA Fa: Alfred Ernest KIMBER
KIMBER, Eveline Madge B 1905 WA Fa: Thomas James KIMBER
KIMBER, F B 1855 VIC Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Florence Elsie B 1876 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Florence Martha B 1876 NSW Fa: Richard John KIMBER
KIMBER, Florence Martin B 1869 VIC Fa: William Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, Francis C 1845 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Francis M 1857 VIC Sp: Mary Ann SMITH
KIMBER, Francis C 1863 NSW Fa: Francis KIMBER
KIMBER, Francis D 1870 VIC Fa: U
KIMBER, Francis M 1884 NSW Sp: Frances M WRIGHT
KIMBER, Francis B 1888 VIC Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Frederick B 1884 NSW Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, George C 1856 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, George M 1857 NSW Sp: Anne MCNAMARA
KIMBER, George M 1857 NSW Sp: Anne MACNAMARA
KIMBER, George M 1865 NSW Sp: Eliza LEONARD
KIMBER, George M 1865 NSW Sp: Eliza LEONARD
KIMBER, George D 1870 NSW Fa: George B
KIMBER, George B 1870 NSW Mo: Catherine KIMBER
KIMBER, George M 1881 NSW Sp: Sarah E BROWN
KIMBER, George S V B 1886 NSW Fa: James G KIMBER
KIMBER, George Thomas B 1870 VIC Fa: Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, Hannah C 1842 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Hannah M 1844 TAS Sp: Richard BADCOCK
KIMBER, Hannah D 1866 NSW
KIMBER, Hannah M 1872 NSW Sp: Michael GLEESON
KIMBER, Harriet M 1883 NSW Sp: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Harriett B 1863 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Helen M 1888 VIC Sp: George DE THOUARS
KIMBER, Henry B 1860 NSW Fa: Richard KIMBER
KIMBER, Henry D 1867 WA
KIMBER, Henry D 1875 NSW Fa: Richad J
KIMBER, Henry B 1883 NSW Fa: William KIMBER
KIMBER, Henry D 1885 NSW Fa: William
KIMBER, Infant D 1877 NSW Fa: Asher
KIMBER, James M 1841 NSW Sp: Margaret CAHILL
KIMBER, James D 1847 NSW
KIMBER, James D 1856 NSW
KIMBER, James D 1859 NSW
KIMBER, James D 1886 NSW
KIMBER, James D 1900 WA
KIMBER, James Blakney B 1903 WA Fa: Charles Clare KIMBER
KIMBER, James Gray B 1883 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Jane M 1851 TAS Sp: John GREEN
KIMBER, Jane D 1860 NSW Fa: John
KIMBER, Jane M 1866 VIC Sp: Henry PALMER
KIMBER, Jane B 1866 VIC Fa: Charles KIMBER
KIMBER, Jane M 1871 NSW Sp: Louis REINARD
KIMBER, Jane A D 1861 NSW Fa: Abraham
KIMBER, Jane A B 1868 NSW Fa: James KIMBER

KIMBER, Jane A D 1872 NSW Fa: William
KIMBER, Jessie B 1873 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, Jessie M 1879 NSW Sp: Wm CHAMBERS
KIMBER, Jessie A C 1858 NSW Fa: Richard KIMBER
KIMBER, Jessie A B 1858 NSW Fa: Richard KIMBER
KIMBER, Jessie J C L B 1887 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Johannah B 1877 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, John M 1841 NSW Sp: Louisa CHAPPELL
KIMBER, John C 1844 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, John C 1844 VIC Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, John M 1853 NSW Sp: Mary MILAN
KIMBER, John M 1855 NSW Sp: Catherine WOOD
KIMBER, John M 1855 NSW Sp: Catherine WOOD
KIMBER, John M 1862 NSW Sp: Elizabeth HURLEY
KIMBER, John M 1865 NSW Sp: Jane KIRK
KIMBER, John B 1866 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, John M 1866 VIC Sp: Harriott Frances COYNE
KIMBER, John D 1867 TAS
KIMBER, John D 1876 VIC Fa: U
KIMBER, John D 1883 NSW Fa: George
KIMBER, John Henry B 1868 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, John Kirke B 1872 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, John T C 1843 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, John T D 1846 NSW
KIMBER, Leonard St C B 1883 NSW Fa: Robert KIMBER
KIMBER, Lewis Joseph B 1880 NSW Fa: Robert A KIMBER
KIMBER, Lillian E B 1888 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Louisa D 1864 VIC Fa: Chappell Thomas
KIMBER, Louisa B 1887 NSW Fa: William KIMBER
KIMBER, Lucy M B 1886 NSW Fa: Francis E KIMBER
KIMBER, Male D 1865 NSW Fa: Francis
KIMBER, Margaret D 1868 NSW
KIMBER, Margaret Leah B 1879 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Maria M 1858 NSW Sp: George WOOLLARD
KIMBER, Maria B 1879 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Maria D 1882 NSW Fa: William
KIMBER, Martha B 1860 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Martha M 1882 NSW Sp: John Edmund ASHDOWN
KIMBER, Martha Emma B 1877 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Mary D 1847 NSW
KIMBER, Mary D 1854 VIC Fa: William
KIMBER, Mary B 1854 VIC Fa: William KIMBER
KIMBER, Mary M 1872 VIC Sp: Alfred CLACK
KIMBER, Mary A D 1854 NSW
KIMBER, Mary A D 1854 NSW
KIMBER, Mary A B 1869 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Mary A D 1884 NSW Fa: Joseph
KIMBER, Mary Ann M 1864 NSW Sp: Patrick LAWLER
KIMBER, Mary Ann D 1869 VIC Fa: Gribbing James
KIMBER, Mary Ann B 1870 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, Mary Ann M 1877 VIC Sp: William POPE
KIMBER, Mary Annie D 1873 VIC Fa: Taylor James
KIMBER, Mary E B 1885 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Mary J B 1865 NSW Fa: Richard J KIMBER

KIMBER, Mary J M 1883 NSW Sp: Joseph B SCOTT
KIMBER, Mary J M 1883 NSW Sp: Joseph Bede SCOTT
KIMBER, Mary Jane B 1866 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Mary O D 1884 NSW Fa: Charles
KIMBER, Mary Victoria B 1877 VIC Fa: Alexander Taylo KIMBER
KIMBER, Maryan C 1847 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Maude B 1888 VIC Fa: Edward John KIMBER
KIMBER, Michael M 1862 VIC Sp: Ellen TREHER
KIMBER, Michael B 1869 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Michael Henry B 1872 NSW Fa: Richard John KIMBER
KIMBER, Minnie Adelaide B 1879 VIC Fa: Alexander Tayl KIMBER
KIMBER, Olive M B 1887 NSW Fa: Arthur S KIMBER
KIMBER, Percy Alick B 1871 VIC Fa: Alexander Tayl KIMBER
KIMBER, Peter B 1871 VIC Fa: U KIMBER
KIMBER, Peter D 1872 VIC Fa: U
KIMBER, Richard J B 1867 NSW Fa: Richard J KIMBER
KIMBER, Richard J D 1868 NSW Fa: Richard J
KIMBER, Richard John M 1856 NSW Sp: Mary Ann FITZGERALD
KIMBER, Robert M 1854 NSW Sp: Anne TURNER
KIMBER, Robert M 1870 NSW Sp: Mary Anne GROVES
KIMBER, Robert Albert B 1872 NSW Fa: Robert KIMBER
KIMBER, Robert Albert Ri B 1885 VIC Fa: Robert Grechey KIMBER
KIMBER, Robert Herbert B 1877 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Robert Peachey M 1885 VIC Sp: Maria Annie GIERK
KIMBER, Rosina D 1877 VIC Fa: Unknown
KIMBER, Rosina B 1877 VIC Fa: Unknown KIMBER
KIMBER, Samuel B 1856 VIC Fa: William KIMBER
KIMBER, Samuel B 1875 VIC Fa: Michael KIMBER
KIMBER, Sara Beatrice M 1902 WA Sp: Ernest Samuel WILKERSON
KIMBER, Sarah D 1840 NSW
KIMBER, Sarah M 1854 VIC Sp: George STAVELEY
KIMBER, Sarah M 1883 NSW Sp: Benjamin O’BRIEN
KIMBER, Sarah M 1883 NSW Sp: Benjamin OBRIEN
KIMBER, Sarah A B 1863 NSW Fa: Richard KIMBER
KIMBER, Sarah B B 1882 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, Sarah J C 1839 NSW Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Sarah Jane C 1839 VIC Fa: James KIMBER
KIMBER, Sarah Jane B 1860 VIC Mo: Elizabeth KIMBER
KIMBER, Simon D 1868 WA
KIMBER, Sydney Watson B 1874 NSW Fa: Robert KIMBER
KIMBER, Thomas B 1868 NSW Fa: George KIMBER
KIMBER, Thomas M 1868 VIC Sp: Sarah EXTON
KIMBER, Thomas D 1881 NSW Fa: Charles
KIMBER, Unnamed B 1877 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Unnamed M D 1869 VIC Fa: Thomas
KIMBER, Unnamed Male D 1865 NSW Fa: Francis
KIMBER, Unnamed Male B 1865 NSW Fa: Francis KIMBER
KIMBER, Unnamed Male B 1868 VIC Fa: Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, Usher Francis B 1878 NSW Fa: Usher KIMBER
KIMBER, Violet M B 1881 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, Walter B 1859 NSW Fa: Walter KIMBER
KIMBER, Walter D 1860 NSW Fa: Walter
KIMBER, Walter D 1860 NSW
KIMBER, Walter J M 1854 NSW Sp: Mary CONROY

KIMBER, Walter J M 1854 NSW Sp: Mary CONROY
KIMBER, Walter Joseph B 1875 VIC Fa: U KIMBER
KIMBER, Walter Sydney B 1879 NSW Fa: Walter James KIMBER
KIMBER, William D 1839 NSW
KIMBER, William M 1844 NSW Sp: Ellen COOPER
KIMBER, William D 1845 NSW
KIMBER, William D 1857 TAS
KIMBER, William M 1867 NSW Sp: Jane SOPER
KIMBER, William D 1868 NSW Fa: Thomas
KIMBER, William D 1878 TAS
KIMBER, William M 1882 NSW Sp: Mary FITZ MAURICE
KIMBER, William M 1882 NSW Sp: Mary FITZMAURICE
KIMBER, William M 1882 NSW Sp: Mary Fitz MAURICE
KIMBER, William B 1885 NSW Fa: William KIMBER
KIMBER, William M 1888 NSW Sp: Susanna MURPHY
KIMBER, William A B 1888 NSW Fa: William KIMBER
KIMBER, William Charles B 1871 NSW Fa: Asher KIMBER
KIMBER, William Charles B 1871 VIC Fa: Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, William J C 1859 NSW Fa: Henry KIMBER
KIMBER, William J B 1869 NSW Fa: Richard J KIMBER
KIMBER, William Thomas B 1860 VIC Fa: William Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, William Thomas M 1861 VIC Sp: Mary Ann MILLER
KIMBER, William Thomas B 1862 VIC Fa: William Thomas KIMBER
KIMBER, William Thomas D 1870 VIC Fa: William
KIMBER, William U B 1867 NSW Fa: John KIMBER
KIMBER, D 1854 NSW
KIMBER, D 1854 NSW

What to do with the KGI?

I’ve been pondering today, what to do about publishing my own family tree info on-line again.  Importing it into WordPress will be a long process, as there are so many individual family pages.  So my thoughts are leaning towards a mini web site, just for that section.  I will probably just adapt that section of the old website.  I’ll see how it goes and get back to you

Cecil Kimber~1888-1945 Founder of M.G.

cecil kimberClassic Cars: The MG and Cecil Kimber

Giles Chapman on the life and times of Cecil Kimber, the father of British sports cars

Published: 17 May 2005

In 1924, Cecil Kimber founded MG, the most popular British sports car marque ever. Surprisingly, his knowledge of car mechanics was scant. He preferred sailing or fishing to tinkering with engines, but his daughter, Jean Cook, now 79, recalls that her father “drove like the clappers”, having abandoned motorcycling in 1910 after a crash.

What Cecil Kimber lacked in technical nous he made up for with business acumen. Born on 12 April 1888, he went to Stockport Grammar and Manchester Technical schools before becoming an apprentice at his father’s printworks.

He began working for the car tycoon William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) in 1921, and just one year later was made general manager of Nuffield’s profitable Morris Garages chain in Oxford. Kimber quickly realised that turnover could be increased by offering special models, and so launched the £268 “Morris Garages Chummy” in 1923. It was a Morris Oxford or Cowley with a hood that could accommodate an adult or two children in the back – standard Morrises had a dickey seat whose occupants got soaked if it rained.

Kimber started to refer to his cars as “MGs” (for Morris Garages) in 1924, but only in 1925 was all mention of Morris dropped and the term “MG Super Sports” emblazoned on his publicity material. MG moved in 1929 to a proper factory at Abingdon, and in July 1930 the sports car enterprise that came from nowhere became the MG Car Company, with Kimber its managing director.

The development of MG sports and racing cars throughout the 1920s and 1930s defined this great British marque, but things changed in 1935 after Lord Nuffield sold his privately held Morris Garages to the publically quoted Morris Motors. MG’s racing department was closed, and design work was switched to Morris’s Cowley headquarters. Kimber was left simply to manage the plant, which is what he thought he was doing when he took on a contract to repair tanks there during the Second World War. Nuffield, though, grabbed the chance to sack him in 1941 for not seeking his permission first.

Cecil Kimber’s charisma had made him a tricky dismissal prospect, but it emerged after his sacking that Kimber’s ballooning ego had irked Nuffield for years. There was also lofty disapproval of Kimber’s private life. His marriage ended in separation in the spring of 1937; his wife Irene died soon afterwards, and within two months he’d married his “new” girlfriend.

So Cecil Kimber, the genius behind MG, was out on his ear. As Jean Cook says: “He didn’t show any emotion in front of me. He was rather Victorian in that way, but my stepmother told me that it broke his heart.”

On 1 December 1942 he joined a London engineering company, but after all his problems he quickly sank into depression. Work, despite his generous £5,000 salary, was tricky because colleagues resented his reputation. He weathered the storm, but his new career was to seal his fate.

It was bucketing with rain on the evening of Sunday, 4 February 1945. Cecil Kimber reached King’s Cross station from his home in north London, just in time to catch the 6pm train to Leeds. He was bound for one of the train’s early stops, Peterborough, for a sales meeting the following day.

The London and North Eastern Railways “Silver Fox” locomotive rumbled out of the station, but as the rain lashed down, its wheels slipped so violently that the engine stalled, and the train began to roll backwards.

The route for outgoing trains had already been re-set to allow the 7pm Aberdeen express to depart from platform 10. A signalman detected what was happening to the stricken Leeds service and tried frantically to divert the by-now runaway train back to platform 15. But one of the bogies of the last coach, containing a no doubt mystified Cecil Kimber, had crossed the points before they began to move. The last two coaches derailed and the very last one toppled over. Two men died – Cecil Kirk, a Blackpool fishing company manager, and Cecil Kimber.

In the Monday morning newspapers, developments from Berlin, Frankfurt and Manila pushed the tragedy to the foot of most front pages. Nevertheless, the severity of the crash meant that train sevices took 19 days to be fully restored.

The horrible irony of the affair was not lost on Jean Cook, whose father had been due to give her away at her wedding in April 1945. “The only reason he was on that train was because he couldn’t get the petrol coupons to drive to Peterborough in his own MG. His death was nobody’s fault, but MG had been his be-all and end-all. It was almost a merciful release – he never quite got over being fired.”

Bill Kimber~Tales from the AFL

Bill Kimber

Bill Kimber was an American Footballer and played for Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants and the Boston Patriots.  The link below takes you to an interview with Bill, by Todd Tobias

Bill Kimber – December 3, 2002 | Tales from the AFL

Courtesy of Todd Tobias

Todd Tobias’s interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master’s thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL