Kenneth George READER was born 03 April 1922 in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England. He married Evelyn Violet KNIBBS November 1945 in Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England. He died July 2004 in Coventry District, Warwickshire, England. Evelyn Violet KNIBBS, daughter of William KNIBBS and Lily JONES , was born 09 May 1922 in Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England. She died 26 January 2015 in Braunston, Northamptonshire, England.

Children of Kenneth George READER and Evelyn Violet KNIBBS are:
1. Carole S READER, b. Private
2. Graham K READER, b. Private
3. Sandra Irene READER, b. 29 October 1950
4. Ian W READER, b. Private

Marriage Notes for Kenneth George READER\Evelyn Violet KNIBBS:

From the Rugby Advertiser, Friday 23 November 1945:
..........Kenneth Reader, R.N.P.S., third son of Mr. end Mrs. R. Reader, The Ridgwey, Kilsby, and Mini Evelyn Knibbs, third daughtar of Mr. Knibbs and the late Mrs. Knibbs, 6, Canned House, Braunston. The bride wore white gown of slipper satin and veil, in place with .......


From the Northampton Mercury, Friday 30 November 1945:
.......All Saints’ Church. Braunston. of Petty. Officer Kenneth Reader. R.N.P.S., third son ot Mr. and Mrs. R. Reader the Ridgeway. Kilsby. and Miss Evelyn Knibbs. third daughter of Mr. W. Knibbs and the late Mrs. Knibbs. 6. Council Houses. Braunston. The bride was attended by two bridesmaids. Miss Irene Knibbs her sister, and Miss June Reader, sister of the groom.

Notes for Kenneth George READER:

Historic Note:
The need for a skilled minesweeping force was recognised to be a part of modern naval warfare and the Royal Navy later commissioned one flotilla of fleet minesweepers for the instruction of ratings and junior officers. Three trawlers were then added to the group along with the re-introduction of training in the Trawler Section of the Royal Naval Reserve and, under the new name of the Royal Naval Patrol Service courses in training began at Portland. As tensions mounted in the years before the Second World War training intensified for officers and ratings and experiments and developments in sweeping methods and equipment were carried out, including improvements made to the Oropesa Sweep, named after the trawler that first tried the method in 1918.
In the summer of 1939 the Admiralty purchased 67 trawlers with a further 20 newly constructed and at the outbreak of World War II every available minesweeper of the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Patrol Service was at her war station.

See image the type of ship on which he served.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Kenneth.

Sources for Kenneth George READER:

  1. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Evelyn Violet KNIBBS:

Published in the Daventry Express on 5th February 2015 (Distributed in Daventry)
READER Evelyn (nee Knibbs) Died peacefully surrounded by her family on 26th January aged 92 years. Much loved mum, grandma and great-grandma, will be sadly missed.
Evelyn's funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, Braunston on Tuesday 10th February at 2.30 p.m.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Evelyn.

Sources for Evelyn Violet KNIBBS:

  1., England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  2. Personal Contact with Susan Bruce,
  3. Obituary,
  4. 1939 Register,

Notes for Carole S READER:

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Notes for Sandra Irene READER:

Sources for Sandra Irene READER:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Ian W READER: