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Lance Corporal E Knowles


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Lance Corporal Edwin KNOWLES, L/10609, 8th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 26th March 1918, age 21.  

Born Accrington, Lancashire, enlisted 15th December 1914, Burnley, Lancashire, age 19, height 5ft 7 inches, weight 130lbs. Formerly cotton weaver.

Son of William James and Nancy Alice Knowles, of 20, Metcalfe St., Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire.

Postings - Home, 15th December 1914 to 21st April 1915; BEF, 22nd April 1915 to 26th July 1916; Home, 27th July 1916 to 26th April 1917; BEF, 27th April 1917 to 26th March 1918.

10th January 1915, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 18th March 1915, appointed Lance Corporal; 13th October 1915, deprived of stripe; 21st February 1916, overstaying his pass from midnight to 4pm on 28th, 168 hours detention; 22nd July 1916, gun shot wounds both thighs, severe; 27th July 1916 to 4th October 1916, Oakley Manor Military Hospital Shrewsbury; 5th October 1916 to 13th November 1916, Berrington War Hospital, Shrewsbury; 13th December 1916, at Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham-by-Sea, doing light work; 13th March 1917, quitting parade without permission, 7 days confined to Barracks; 30th March 1917, Shoreham-by-Sea, Whilst on Active Service, stealing goods the property of a comrade, 1 pair of boots, Court Martial awarded 56 days detention; 24th April 1917, from detention Barracks Wandsworth; 27th April 1917 posted BEF; 19th November 1917, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal, included in Sir Douglas Haig's despatch of 7th November 1917 as deserving special mention; 17th February 1918 to 3rd March 1918, granted leave to UK.

Report from Geneva Red Cross 16th May 1918 - Found dead by Germans at Vermande in the hollow at the exit of the village, 26th March 1918, death assumed between 21st & 26th March 1918, shot wound, shattering of skull. Buried in the south-east corner of the cemetery at Vermande, the third man, feet towards the west.

Buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, I. K. 16., France.


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