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John KNOWLES

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Surname: KNOWLES

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Malham, Yorkshire

Service No: 11/783

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Battalion / Unit: ---

Division: New Zealand Division

Age: 32

Date of Death: 1918-12-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. B. 9.

CWGC Cemetery: BELGRADE CEMETERY

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

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John Knowles was the son of Richard and Mary Ann Knowles, née Brennand and cousin of Lieut. Hedley Knowles (q.v.). John's father was born at Horton-in-Ribblesdale and his mother at Long Preston, Yorkshire.

1891 Long Preston, Yorkshire Census: John Knowles, aged 4 years, born Malham, Yorkshire. [John was visiting his granduncle, Richard Armistead. John's grandmother, Margaret Brennand, Richard Armistead's sister, was living at the same address.]

New Zealand service records: https://www.govt.nz/browse/history-culture-and-heritage/nz-history/get-a-copy-of-a-ww1-service-record/

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

KNOWLES, Lieutenant John, aged 32, A.I.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knowles, New Zealand, formerly of Kirkby Malham, died from pneumonia, France, Dec. 16, 1918.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand Division

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Surname: KNOWLES

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: New Zealand

Service Number: 11/783

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

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Age: 32

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Died Date: 16/12/1918

Additional Information: Son of Richard and Mary Knowles, of Malham, Yorks, England.

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04 May 1917

LONG PRESTON – Local Colonials Promoted

Natives of this district now serving with expeditionary forces have been visiting Long Preston. George Delves, who went to Saskatchewan in 1909, is now a sergeant in the Mobile Veterinary Section of the Canadian Remounts and has lately been staying at his old home.–John Knowles, son of Mr. R. Knowles, of Malham, and whose mother was formerly Miss Brennand, of Longpreston, and who emigrated to New Zealand nearly 20 years ago, has served with the Machine Gun Section of the – New Zealand’s, and has been promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. As a boy Lieut. Knowles was a prize rifle shot in the land of his parents’ adoption.

31 January 1919

KNOWLES – December 16th, 1918, died in France of broncho-pneumonia, aged 32 years, Lieut. J. Knowles, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knowles, New Zealand, late of Cherries Farm, Malham.

31 January 1919

LONG PRESTON – The Aftermath of War

News has been received by his aunt, Mrs. Casson, of the death of Lieutenant John Knowles, M.G.S., Australians, who died in hospital in France of broncho-pneumonia, aged 32 years, on 16th December, 1918. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knowles, of New Zealand, formerly of Malham. Lieut. Knowles joined the army in 1914, and served in Egypt and France. A younger brother followed him to Egypt a year later, and is now on his return journey home. A third brother came on active service a year ago, and is still in Egypt. The two elder brothers were well-known in Long Preston.

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04 May 1917

LONGPRESTON

PROMOTIONS – Natives of this district now serving with expeditionary forces have been visiting Long Preston. George Delves, who went to Saskatchewan in 1909, is now a sergeant in the Mobile Vet. Section of the Canadian Remounts, and has lately been staying at his old house. John Knowles, son of Mr. R. Knowles, of Malham, and whose mother was formerly Miss Brennand, of Long Preston, and who emigrated to New Zealand nearly twenty years ago, and has served with the Machine Gun Section of a New Zealand Regiment, has been promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. As a boy, Lieut. Knowles was a prize rifle shot in the land of his parents’ adoption.

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