Frank George KNIBBS, son of Walter KNIBBS and Eliza Ann WASTELL , was born 20 February 1889 in Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex, England. He married Ethel May SAUNDERS 03 April 1915 in Teddington, London, Middlesex, England. He died bet. October and December, 1933 in Kingston District, London, Middlesex, England. Ethel May SAUNDERS was born 10 September 1893 in London, Middlesex, England. She died bet. January and March, 1974 in Kingston upon Thames District, Surrey, England.


Children of Frank George KNIBBS and Ethel May SAUNDERS are:
1. Elizabeth Margaret KNIBBS, b. 22 October 1916
2. Olive May KNIBBS, b. 09 October 1919 See Cyril Hugh GLEESON & Olive May KNIBBS
3. Janet Georgina KNIBBS, b. Private See Richard C TAVENER & Janet Georgina KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Frank George KNIBBS\Ethel May SAUNDERS:


Notes for Frank George KNIBBS:

We know that Frank joined the Royal Navy on 12 Jan 1915 for "the duration of hostilities", but his naval record gives very little further information except that he was 18 years of age, 5'5" tall, 35" chest, brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. It seems that he was recruited as a Petty Officer Mechanical Engineer, I assume due to mechanical skills attained before he was enlisted.
I can't quite make out what it says on his naval record but it seems that he was discharged in August 1915 as something or other was "disbanded"

HMS Pembroke III 12 Jan 1915-30 Mar 1915
HMS President 1 Apr 1915-31 Aug 1915
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Frank died at the age of 44.

Sources for Frank George KNIBBS:

  1. 1891 British Census,
  2. National Archives for England,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Ethel May SAUNDERS:

There were two Ethel May Saunders births registered in London during q4/1893. One was in the Wandsworth District and the other in Hampstead District. I'm not sure which one would have been this Ethel.
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The following relates to Ethel's sister.
From the Worthing Herald - 05 October 1956:
`Cannot sleep or go to see my dear husband'
A note, q pen and a pair of spectacles lay beside the body of a woman found in a gas-filled kitchen, the Assistant Deputy Coroner. Mr J. L. Bowron was told at an inquest at the Court House on Friday.
He returned a verdict that Mrs Helena Margaret Craddock, aged 73. of Bolsover-road. took her life while the balance of her mind was disturbed.
In the note Mrs Craddock stated. " Please forgive me for what I am going to do, but my mind is ill. I cannot sleep or go to see my dear husband." and ended in an in-decipherable postscript.
The husband, said her sister. Mrs Ethel May Knibbs of Elm-road. New Maldon. was a retired tailor and had been a patient at Graylingwell Hospital for about three years.
Mrs Knibbs said that her sister had spent about nine or 10 weeks with her. "I saw her Last on Saturday when she returned to Worthing. She wasn't at all well and worried very much about her husband." Mrs Knibbs added.

Sources for Ethel May SAUNDERS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Elizabeth Margaret KNIBBS:

Elizabeth never married as her fiancé was killed during WWII.

Sources for Elizabeth Margaret KNIBBS:

  1. Ancestry.com, gave birth date 
  2. Personal Contact with Vanessa Parkhurst, gave birth date 
  3. GRO England & Wales,