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Charles Richard KNOWLES

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Surname: KNOWLES

Forename(s): Charles Richard

Place of Birth: Embsay, Yorkshire

Service No: 42647

Rank: L/Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 36th (Ulster) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1918-10-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. C. 7.

CWGC Cemetery: HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Charles Richard Knowles was the son of William Henry and Ann Smith Knowles, née Shacklock. William was born at Colne, Lancashire and Ann at Embsay, Yorkshire.

1901 Embsay, Yorkshire Census: Centenary Place - Charles R. Knowles, aged 6 years, born Embsay, son of William H. and Ann Smith Knowles.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 21, Gordon Street - Charles Richard Knowles, aged 16 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, son of William Henry and Ann Smith Knowles.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte C.R. Knowles, 06655, A.O.C.; [no rank given] 42647, R. Innis. Fus. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying Date [for 1914-15 Star] 28.5.15. K. in A.

Charles is commemorated in the ‘Borough of Keighley Roll of Honour’.

A short biography of Charles is included in: ‘Though lost to sight to memory ever dear - Embsay-with-Eastby First World War Roll of Honour’ by Jane Lunnon, David Turner, Chris Lunnon (2018).

Data Source: West Yorkshire Pioneer Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

KNOWLES, Sergeant C.R., 2nd R.I.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Henry Knowles, Nashville Road, Keighley, formerly of Embsay, killed in action Oct. 25, 1918.

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L/Sergeant Charles Richard KNOWLES

L/Sergeant Charles Richard KNOWLES

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 36th (Ulster) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 36th (Ulster) Division

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: KNOWLES

Forename(s): Charles Richard

Born: Embsay, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 42647

Rank: L/Sgt

Regiment: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 25/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 06655, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: KNOWLES

Forename(s): Charles Richard

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 42647

Rank: Lance Sergeant

Regiment: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 24

Awards:

Died Date: 25/10/1918

Additional Information: Only son of William Henry and Ann Smith Knowles, of 4, Nashville Rd., Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GOD IS LOVE)

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22 November 1918

KNOWLES – Sergt. Charles R. Knowles, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action Oct. 25th, 1918, the only and dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Knowles, Nashville Road, Keighley, and late of Embsay.

“Not lost, but gone before.”

22 November 1918

Former Embsay Man Killed

The death is announced of Sergt. C.R. Knowles, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Henry Knowles, of Nashville Road, Keighley, and formerly of Embsay, have received news from his company officer to the effect that he was killed in action by machine gun fire on Oct. 25th, 1918. Previous to joining the army early in 1915, he was engaged as bioscope operator at the Oxford Hall, Keighley, and was very popular, amongst his friends. He first joined up in the Army Ordnance Corps, but after gaining promotion was transferred to the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, where he soon gained promotion to the rank of sergeant, and was recommended for a commission. It was while awaiting official confirmation for the latter honour that he was killed.

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