Photo courtesy of Allen Knight



James was born in the Aston District of Birmingham, Warwickshire in 1919, the first surviving son of James Arthur Knibbs and his wife Olive. 

During WWII, James served in the Merchant Navy and was for some time, the Engineering Officer on M.V. Innisdu which was one of the few Barrage Balloon Vessels positioned in the English Channel to protect our ports from German aircraft, by preventing them from flying low enough to drop and position sea mines effectively.

On 20 September, 1940, the Innisdu was sunk by German bombing in the Thames Estuary close to Canvey Island  The crew of four, including James, was lost.

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