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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.  

9th December 1897, born Accrington, Lancashire, son of William James and Nancy Alice Knowles, of 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire.


1911 Census - 20, Metcalfe Street, Burnley, Lancashire - William James Knowles, head, age 46, married, locomotive engine driver, worker, born Accrington, Lancashire; Nancy Alice Knowles, wife, age 50, married 24 years, 7 children, 6 still alive, housekeeper, born Church, Lancashire; Milly Knowles, daughter, age 18, single, dressmaker, worker, born Accrington, Lancashire; Mary Jane Knowles, daughter, age 15, single, cotton weaver, worker, born Accrington, Lancashire; Edwin Knowles, son, age 13, cotton weaver, worker, born Accrington, Lancashire; May Knowles, daughter, age 10, school, born Accrington, Lancashire; Monia Knowles, daughter, age 8, school, born Rose Grove, Lancashire.


Enlisted  Burnley, Lancashire, age 19, height 5ft 7¼ inches, weight 130lbs, pall complexion, ? eyes, brown hair. Formerly cotton weaver.

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.

15th December 1914, enlisted; 16th December 1914, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th January 1915, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 18th March 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 22nd April 1915, posted BEF & Private, 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th May 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 13th October 1915, deprived of stripe; 22nd July 1916, gun shot wounds both thighs, severe; 27th July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 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; 21st December 1916, Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea, overstaying his pass from midnight to 4pm on 28th December, 168 hours detention; 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; 25th April 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th April 1917 posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment & embarked; 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; 21st March 1918, posted wounded & missing.

16th May 1918, Report from Geneva Red Cross  - 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, grave 5,  the third man, feet towards the west.

23rd December 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 8/9 a week, paid to Mother, will cease.

14th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, William James Knowles, 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire; Mother, Nancy Alice Knowles, 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire; Brothers - none; Sisters - Ellen? Ann Stowe?, age 28, 37 Lower House Lane, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire; Mary? Knowles, age 27, 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire; ????  ????? Knowles, age 24, 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire; Ma??? Knowles, age 19, 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire; Mona Knowles, age 16, 20, Metcalfe Street, Rose Grove, Burnley, Lancashire.

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


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