Ernest Thomas KNIBBS, son of Robert KNIBBS and Elizabeth MARKHAM , was born 27 October 1888 in Clifton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL 22 September 1915 in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, England. He died 17 February 1927 in Banbury District, Oxfordshire, England. Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL was born 04 September 1892 in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, England. She died 12 May 1947 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

Children of Ernest Thomas KNIBBS and Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL are:
1. Robert John KNIBBS, b. 20 August 1916 See Robert John KNIBBS & Nellie Christina BOWER
2. Constance Betty KNIBBS, b. 28 June 1919 See Herbert H WATKINS & Constance Betty KNIBBS
3. Evelyn Joan KNIBBS, b. Private See Donald Percy NEWMAN & Evelyn Joan KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Ernest Thomas KNIBBS\Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL:

Click photo to enlarge.

Click to enlarge. The best man, standing behind Ernest, is his older brother Walter.

To the left of the photograph, the older seated lady is Elizabeth (Markham) KNIBBS, his mother. I assume that the two girls between Ernest and Elizabeth are his two sisters Amy and Sarah, with Sarah's two children Irene and Amy STACEY sat in the left foreground.
In the back row, 4th from the left is Sarah Ethel Knibbs' husband Louis Stacey, and on his left is Edgar Gardner, the friend of Amy Elizabeth Knibbs.

Notes for Ernest Thomas KNIBBS:

Ernest is seen to be 12 years old, living in the civil parish of Deddington at the 1901 census.

In 1911, Ernest was living with his mother and brother Walter at Clifton, Oxfordshire:
Elizabeth Knibbs Head Widow 59 Oxfordshire Clifton
Walter Knibbs Son Single 31 Hay Tier Oxfordshire Clifton
Ernest Knibbs Son Single 23 Railway Porter Oxfordshire Clifton
Archie Comon Boarder Single 20 Flour Miller Worker Oxfordshire Charlbury

Ernest is known to have worked for the Great Western Railway, and I believe it was at Banbury station. The above photograph was one of my father's and he told me that Ernest was in it somehwere but he wasn't sure where. The original photograph I have is just post card size, but with the wonders of technology, I've been able to scan it and expand it and believe that Eernest is in the back row, second from the left.

I know from his neice Barbara that Ernest died of pneumonia. My cousin Jackie remembers her mother telling her of one of the brothers who worked for the railways and died quite young. Apparently he got soaked through to the skin in a storm, got pneumonia and died from it. That must have been Ernest.

From the Banbury Advertiser, 24 February, 1927:
Death of Mr. E. Knibbs
It is with regret that we report the death of Mr. E. Knibbs at 12a Old Grimsbury Road who passed away on Thursday last, following an attack of penumonia unfortunately contracted during the recent cold spell. He was a goods guard in the employ of G.W.R. and was a very popular railwayman. A native of Clifton, Oxon, he was at one time closely associated with the G.W.R. Athletic Club, in fact he was one of it's pioneers, turning out as a half-back against the Britannia Works in the Western's initial match. He was 38 years of age and leaves a widow and three young children.
His early death will be deeply regretted by everyone acquainted with his genial disposition.
The funeral took place on Tuesday, and a large gathering of his workmates paid homage by following him to his last resting place in Banbury Cemetery.
The funeral was on Tuesday afternoon at the Cemetery, the Rev. F. H. Mills officiating, as also at Grimsbury Wesleyan Chapel, where a service was held prior to the interment. The mourners were Mrs. Knibbs, Messrs. William, Harry, George, James and Walter Knibbs (brothers); Miss Knibbs (sister) and Mr. F. Gardner; Mr. and Mrs. Syacey, Wolverhampton; Mr and Mrs Knibbs, Basingstoke; Mr. and Mrs. Knibbs, Swindon; father-in-law and brother-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. Green; Mr. and Mrs. A. Grant; Mrs. Friday and Mrs. Perkins.
Floral tributes were sent by his wife and children; Ethel and Lewis, Wolverhampton; Amy and Edgar; Nellie Watkins; Mr. and Mrs. Gillett, Causeway; Mr. and Mrs. Barnet; Mr;.and Mrs. Gilkes, Parson's Street; Mr. and Mrs. Gardner and Ernie; Me. and Mrs. Harry Knibbs, Swindon; all at Kirtlington, Fan, Sam and Family, Middleton; N.U.R. Women's Guild; N.U.R. Fellow Members; Fellow mates of Loco; Mr. and Mrs. Ashton; Mr. and Mrs. Friday; Mr. and Mrs. A. Grant; Mr. and Mrs, Perkins; Mr. and Mrs. Turner; Evelyn and George, Basingstoke.


From the Banbury Guardian, Thursday 24 February 1927:
Death of a Goods Guard. The death took place on Thursday and the funeral on Tuesday of Mr. Ernest Knibbs, Old Grimsbury Road. Mr. Knibbs was only 39 years of age and leaves a widow and three children. was a native Clifton.


From the Banbury Advertiser. Thursday 21 February 1929:
Knibbs.—ln loving memory of good husband and father, Ernest Thomas Knibbs, who passed away on Feb. 17th, 1927.

Sources for Ernest Thomas KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives him as Ernest Thomas Knibbs 
  3., gave middle name of Thomas 
  4. 1891 British Census,
  5. Personal Contact with Barbara Stacey,
  6., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  7. Personal Contact with Christine Saunders,
  8. 1911 British Census,
  9. Marriage Certificate,
  10. Obituary,

Notes for Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL:

Also known as: Millie

Amelia was one of 13 children. She died aged 54 years.

Amelia's family was from Kirtlington, Oxfordshire and can be seen in 1891:
John H Tyrrell Head M 33 Agricultural Labourer Oxon Kirtlington
Annie Tyrrell Wife M 29 South Lambeth Londpn
Fannie M Tyrrell Daur S 10 Oxon Kirtlington
Frederick H Tyrrell Son S 7 Oxon Kirtlington
Emily E Tyrrell S 6 Oxon Kirtlington
Gertrude M Tyrrell Daur S 4 Oxon Kirtlington
George E Son S 3 Oxon Kirtlington
James E Tyrrell Son S 1 Oxon Kirtlington
Infant Tyrrell Son S 3 weeks Oxon Kirtlington

Amelia was born the next year in 1892.

I believe it is this Amelia Tyrrell we see in 1901 called Millie and living with her family in the village of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire:
John Tyrrell Head M 44 Masons Labourer Oxon Kirtlington
Annie Tyrrell Wife M 40 London South Lambeth
Fannie Tyrrell Daur S 20 Oxon Kirtlington
George Tyrrell Son S 14 Butcher Oxon Kirtlington
James Tyrrell Son S 12 Oxon Kirtlington
Thomas Tyrrell Son S 10 Oxon Kirtlington
Millie Tyrrell Daur S 8 Oxon Kirtlington
Robert Tyrrell Son S 6 Oxon Kirtlington
Arthur Tyrrell Son S 4 Oxon Kirtlington Oxon Kirtlington
Lilian Tyrrell Daur S 2 Oxon Kirtlington

In 1911, we can see Amelia living at 348 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxfordshire:
Violet Maud Allen Daughter UnM 33 Dacca Bengal India (Resident) British Sub
Edith Beatrice Allen Daughter UnM 28 Tenby S Wales
Tyrrell Amelia Euphemia Servant UnM 18 Kirtlington Oxfordshire

Amelia married Ernest Knibbs in 1915.

We see Amelia living at 139 West Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.
Amelia E Knibbs 04 Sep 1892 Unpaid Domestic Duties Widowed
Louisa M Twynham 05 Mar 1888 General Shop (Dealer) Married

Knibbs Amelia Euphemia of 139 West-street Grimsbury Banbury Oxfordshire widow died 12 May 1947 Administration Oxford 20 June to Robert John Knibbs bius driver. Effects £651 19s. 7d.

From the Banbury Guardian, Thursday 22 May 1947:
Knibbs - May 12th, at 139 West Street, Amelia Knibbs, belived mother of Betty, Bob and Joan, 54.

From the Banbury Guardiam, Thursday 13 May 1954:
Knibbs Treasured and loving memories of our dearest mother and, grandmother. Amelia, suddenly called rest May 12th, 1947.

Sources for Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL:

  1., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. 1939 Register,
  4. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  5. 1911 British Census,