William Robert KNIBBS, son of William Henry KNIBBS and Alice YOUNG , was born 15 April 1889 in East Plumstead, London, Middlesex, England. He married Winifred HILTON 26 March 1921 in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England. He died 15 November 1966 in Maybury, Woking, Surrey, England. Winifred HILTON, daughter of George HILTON and Mary Louisa KNIBBS , was born 17 June 1894 in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England. She died 12 November 1976 in Basildon, Essex, England.

Children of William Robert KNIBBS and Winifred HILTON are:
1. Raymond William Alfred KNIBBS, b. 17 October 1922 See Raymond William Alfred KNIBBS & Olive Catherine THOMAS

Notes for William Robert KNIBBS:

William was a consciencious objector during the First World War.
He was conscripted into the Durham Light Infantry and there are records suggesting that while with his regiment he was quartered at Hallgate, Doncaster; Gateshead; and Catterick Bridge. There are no records available showing the time scale; records also show his having been imprisoned in the Wakefield detention centre, and in Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs prisons, indicating that he was court-martialled, but again there are no records available showing the time scale and whether he was courts-martialled more than once.

On the 8 August 1916 at the Central Tribunal at Wandsworth prison he was found to be a genuine conscientious objector, class A, and referred to the Brace Committee (Home Office Scheme). In October 1916 he was in Dyce work camp and he later spent some time in the Wakefield and Dartmoor work camps.

After the First World War, as a conscientious objector who had been court-martialled and imprisoned and would not have been allowed vote for five years from the end of the war.

Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors

Graham Barber tells me that at the time he married, William was living at 21 Bicton Street, Banstaple, Devon, England. His wife Winifred Hilton was in fact his 1st cousin. William Robert Knibbs was the oldest brother of Winifred Hiltons mother Caroline Harris (aka Caroline Knibbs).

We see William, Winifred and son Raymond living at 61 Bexhill Road, Lewisham, London, at the time of the 1939 Register.
William R Knibbs 15 Apr 1889 Male Commercial Clerk Married
Winifred Knibbs 17 Jul 1894 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married
Raymond W A Knibbs 17 Oct 1922 Male Junior Assistant Librarian Single

In 1946 William was employed by Gibbs soap and Toothpaste company as an Accounts clerk.

Sources for William Robert KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  2. 1911 British Census,
  3. 1939 Register,

Notes for Winifred HILTON:

A the time she married, Winifred was living at 16 Milton Court Road, New Cross, London SE, England.

Sources for Winifred HILTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 gave different DOB 
  3. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave Jul-Sep and Barnstaple District 
  4. 1901 British Census, gave location 
  5. 1911 British Census,