George KNIBBS, son of John KNIBBS and Mary ROAKE , was born bef. 20 November 1842 in Old Windsor, Berkshire, England. He married Ann Maria WILLIAMS 08 August 1874 in Old Windsor, Berkshire, England. He died bef. 08 September 1888 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England. Ann Maria WILLIAMS was born bet. October and December, 1856 in Egham, Surrey, England. She died bet. January and March, 1928 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England.


Children of George KNIBBS and Ann Maria WILLIAMS are:
1. William Robert KNIBBS, b. abt. 1877
2. Ann KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1879
3. George Charles KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1884
4. John KNIBBS, b. 10 October 1886 See John KNIBBS & Marjorie KEEN
5. Emily KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1874 See ? & Emily KNIBBS

Other Marriages/Unions for Ann Maria WILLIAMS:
See Charles Thomas MANSFIELD & Ann Maria WILLIAMS OR ? & Ann Maria WILLIAMS


Notes for George KNIBBS:

Also known as: Charlie


See Georges baptism record from Old Windsor.

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George was living at Old Windsor Green, Old Windsor, Berkshire, England in 1881 with his wife and two children:
George Knibbs Head 39 Ostler Old Windsor, Berkshire
Ann Maria Knibbs Wife 25 Ostlers Wife Egham, Surrey
William Knibbs Son 4 Old Windsor, Berkshire
Ann Knibbs Daur 2 Old Windsor, Berkshire
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George died age 46 years.
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See Georges burial record from Old Windsor.

Sources for George KNIBBS:

  1. 1861 British Census,
  2. Baptism Certificate,
  3. Burial Records,
  4. 1881 British Census,
  5. Ancestry.com,

Notes for Ann Maria WILLIAMS:

We see George's widow in 1891 living at 14 Victoria Square, Egham, Surrey:
Ann Knibbs Head Wid 35 Laundress Egham Surrey
Emily Knibbs Daughter 16 General Servant Egham Surrey
William R Knibbs Son 14 Egham Surrey
Annie Knibbs Daughter 12 Scholar Egham Surrey
Charlie Knibbs Son 7 Scholar Egham, Surrey
John Knibbs Son 4 Scholar Egham Surrey
William Bryant Boarder 13 Telegraph Messenger Egham Surrey
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In 1892, Ann married Charles Thomas Mansfield. Sadly he died less than a year later, and it seems that Ann reverted back to using the surname Knibbs.
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In 1901, we see Ann, now twice widowed, living at Egham, Surrey, but am not sure why she reverted to using the surname Knibbs after her 2nd marriage:
Ann Knibbs Head Widow 44 Egham Surrey
George Knibbs Son 17 Groom Domestic Old Windsor Berks
John Knibbs Son 14 General Servant Old Windsor Berks
Louisa Knibbs Daughter 6 Egham Surrey
Edith Knibbs Niece 12 Old Windsor Berks
George Howard Visitor (Single) 46 Carter Egham Surrey

Edith is the daughter of Ann's brother-in-law Edward Knibbs and his wife Frances. Edward died in 1900 and Frances in 1893 leaving Edith an orphan at the age of just ten years of age.
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We see Ann again in 1911 living at Chester Cottages, Blays Lane, Englefield Greem, Surrey:
Ann Knibbs, Head Widow F 60 Laundry Worker Egham Surrey
Emily Knibbs Daughter Single F 36 Laundry Worker Old Windsor Berks
William Knibbs Son Single M 34 Plumber Old Windsor Berks
Louisa Knibbs Daughter Single F 17 Englefield Green Surrey
Albert Knibbs Grandson M 11 Scholar Englefield Green
Agnes Knibbs Granddaughter F 5 Portsmouth Hants
George Howard Boarder M 61 Farm Labourer Englefield Green Surrey

I believe that Albert and Agnes are Emily's children.

Louisa is a bit of a mystery. Should was born too late to be a daughter of Ann's second husband, Charles Mansfield, and would in any case have been baptised as Mansfield rather than Knibbs. She could perhaps be Anns granddaughter, born to Emily, but given that Emily's other chioldren are listed in the census as grandchildren, I somehow doubt it.
I've chosen instead to assume she's Ann's daughter from a spouseless relationship.
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For some reason, Ann's burial record has her as Ann M Knibbs, not Mansfield.

Sources for Ann Maria WILLIAMS:

  1. FreeBMD, gave Windsor District 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. 1911 British Census,
  4. Birth Certificate,
  5. 1891 British Census,

Notes for William Robert KNIBBS:

From the Surrey Advertiser - 14 February 1891:
Larceny by Boys.—At Chertsey on Wednesday, William Stephens, 18 ; William Knibbs, 13; and David Brown, 12, were charged with stealing, on January 9th, a silver watch and a knife, value £4.—Prosecutor, Mr. Lewis Bertram Craven, is a student at Cooper's-hill College, and the articles were stolen from his coat pockets while playing in the fives courts at the College. He had hung his coat on a nail.—Prisoners all pleaded guilty.--Stephens said the other boys told him the watch belonged to their mothers. They gave him the knife for pawning it.—Stephens was sentenced to 21 days' hard labour; the other two boys were ordered to each receive 10 strokes with the birch rod.

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Was it perhaps this same William Knibbs who was in a spot of bother as a 16 year old in 1893 which, on the face of it, seemed to be a prank that got out of hand. The case was heard at the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court on 11 Dec 1893:

139. CHARLES WINKWORTH, GEORGE HAINS, GEORGE TRUMPER, WILLIAM KNIBBS, ALBERT HESSEY, ARTHUR ADAMS , and ERNEST WELLBELOVE, Maliciously and feloniously setting fire to certain furze and heath growing on Englefield Green.

MR. G. K. T. PURCELL Prosecuted.

RICHARD EDWARD WOOTTON (39, Surrey Constabulary). At nine p. m. on August 30th, I was on duty at Egham Hill, and in consequence of seeing a light proceeding from a fire, I went to Englefield Green and saw the furze and heath on fire - there was a great fire there - I saw all the prisoners (except Wellbelove, who joined them afterwards) taking the burning furze and setting fire to other furze - I knew the prisoners before - when they saw me they shifted away to different parts and then came back again and set fire to other parts while I was there - I have not the slightest doubt all the prisoners, except Wellbelove, are the boys I saw doing this - Wellbelove was not there at a quarter past nine - I did not see him.

Cross-examined by Hessey. You were taking part in it.

By the COURT. There were fifty people there, I daresay, in different parts, youngsters, and people who were trying to beat it out - I saw it alight at nine o'clock, and I was half-a-mile away then.

WILLIAM HART . I am a butler in the employment of Mr. Raphael, of Castle Hill, Englefield Green - on the night of this fire I went outside the house about eleven p. m. - I saw the fire, and I saw a lot of boys there, about twenty or thirty, I suppose - I saw Wellbelove standing there with the rest of them, just kicking the fire about - I did not see him setting fire to anything - he gave the names of the others after I handed him over.

The JURY intimated that It was waste of time to proceed further with the case, as there was no evidence of how the fire originated.

NOT GUILTY

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I understand it may have been this William Knibbs who was killed in action during WWI at the Battle of The Somme:

In Memory of Private WILLIAM KNIBBS
S/48, 6th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who died on 04 August 1916
Remembered with honour THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

His name is inscribed on the war Memorial at Epsom, Surrey, England, alongside that of his brother George Charles Knibbs, also killed in action during WWI.

George's name is also inscribed on a new Memorial at St. Judes Church, Englefield Green that was unveiled on 1 July, 2016.
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The following was displayed at the Memorial at St. Judes Church, Englefield Green on 1syt July, 2016, the day it was unveiled:
William Knibbs
Son of Mrs. A Knibbs and the late George Knibbs of 30, Middle Row.
He was the first of two sons to die.
William had served in the British African War for which he had two medals. At the time he was serving in the Army Service Corps 1897-1909.
Regiment: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
The regiment raised 14 Battalions and was awarded 46 battle honours and 1 Victoria Cross, losing 6,000 men during the course of the First World War.
William joined two days after the start of the war. He served as a Private (N.5/454) in the 6th Battalion which mobilized at Boulogne in May 1915 doe service in France and Flanders. They took part in the following actions:
1915:
The Balltle of Loos 25 September - 18 october. During this period at Loos, 117 officers and 3237 men of the Division were killed or wounded.
1916:
The Battle of Albert 1-12 July
The Battle of Pazieres 23July - 3 September. They were in action on the 3rd and 4th August with a successful attack capturing 4th Avenue Trench and were engaged in heavy fighting until they were withdrawn the oth 8th August.

William was reported as missing on the 4th August 1916, on the 15th June 1917 an official notice came through confirming William's death a year earlier. His records in 1917 state that he died on or since 4.8.16. His body was never found.
Memorium listed in the local newspaper in 1917:
In ever loving memory of Private W Knibbs, the 6th Battalion The Buffs. reported missing (and later having been killed) on 4th August 1916.
One year has passed, and with hearts still sore.
As time goes on we miss him more,
On earth there is strife, in Heaven there's rest,
The miss him most who cared for him best.

William was awarded the following medals: The 1915 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal.

William was killed in action on 4th August 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 5D.

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From the Surrey Herald, Friday 3rd of August, 1917:
THE LATE PTE. KNIBBS. it is just twelve months since the sad news came through that Pte. W. Knibbs, of the 6th Batt. The Buffs, was missing. He joined up two days after the outbreak of war, and went to France in May, 1915, being reported missing on August the 4th, 1916. On June 16th an official notice came thrcugh confirming his death. Pte, Knibbs also served in the South African War, for which he had two medals at that time he was in the Army Service Corps.

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From the Surrey Herald, Friday 3rd of August, 1917:
ENGLEFIELD GREEN
In Memorium
KNIBBS.- In ever-loving memory of Peivate W. Knibbs, -th Battn. The Buffs. reported missing (and later having been killed) on August 4th. 1916.
One year has passed, and with heart still sore,
As time goes on we miss him more.
On earth there is strife, in Heaven there's rest.Theymiss him most who cared for him best.

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William's name is recorded for posterity at Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Picardie Region, France, Plot: Pier and Face 5 D.

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

Sources for William Robert KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD, gave Windsor District 
  2. 1891 British Census, gave middle initial 'R' 
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
  4. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Ann KNIBBS:

Also known as: Annie

Sources for Ann KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD, gave Windsor District 
  2. 1891 British Census,

Notes for George Charles KNIBBS:

Also known as: Charlie

In Memory of
Private G C KNIBBS

28808, 5th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment
who died age 37 on 24 July 1917
Son of Mrs. A. Knibbs, of 30, Middle Hill, Englefield Green, Surrey.
Remembered with honour
MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX
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From the Surrey Advertiser, Saturday 11 August 1917:
Died of Wounds. KNIBBS. Pte. G. C.. Royal Berks (Egham).

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From the Reading Observer - 25 August 1917:dBERKS CASUALTIES
The following casualties in the Royal Berkshire Regiment have been officially reported :
Died of Wounds.
Pte. F. Eswards 6403 (Newbury).
Pte. S. C Stacey. 23575 (Swindon)
Pte. G. C. Knibbs. 28808 (Englefield).
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The following was displayed at the Memorial at St. Judes Church, Englefield Green on 1st July, 2016, the day it was unveiled:
George C Knibbs
Born in Old Windsor and living in Englefield \greem, he enlisted in Egham. Son of Mrs. A Knibbs and the layte George Knibs, 30, Middle Hill, their second son to die.
George served as a Private in the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshre Regiment which was formed on 25 August, 1914 and landed in France on 31 May, 1915. He was a stretcher bearer which at times, was an extrememly dangerous job.
1915:
On 25 Jun 1915 the Division took over a sector of the front line for the first time at Ploegsteert Wood ijn Flanders. By 15 July the Division front had extended south to reach east of Armentières.
The Battle of Loos, 25 September - 18 October
On 8 October, the Division repelled a heavy German infantry attack. Five days later the Division took part in the "Action of the Hohenzollern Redoubt" which was a defensive strongpoint of the German 6th Army on the Western Front. During this period at Loos, 117 officers and 3,237 men were killed or woulded.
Between 12 December 1915 and 18 January 1916 in a quiet period of trench-holding,the Division nonetheless suffered the loss of 102 officers and 670 men killed, wounded or miossing.
1916
The Battle of the Somme 1 July - 19 November
The Battle of Albert 1-13 July. The first wave of the attack met with mixed success. The 5th Berkshire and the 7th Suffolk crossed, finding the enemy wire was well cut, and took at easdt two lines of German trenches before becoming bogged in intense bombing fights in the trenches. By the time the Division was withdrawn on 9 July, 189 officers and 4,576 men had become casualties.
The Battle of Pozieres 23 July - 3 September. After short spells at Bus-les-Artois and in the front line at Beaumonh Hamel, the Division moved back to the Ovillers area for an operation north and northwest of Pozieres designed to destroy the enemy garrison holding Thiepval.

George was very badly wounded by a trench mortar and died the same day at the RAMC drssing station. George's family placed this poem in the local newspaper:
The cup was bitter, the sting severe,
To part with a brother we loved so dear,
The trial was hard, still we must not complain,
For many have parted so ne'er meet agaoin.
We only knew what pain he bore, We never saw him die
We oinly knew he died for us, And could only say "Good-bye".

George was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal

He died of wounds on 24th July 1917 and is buried in the Monchy-Le-Preux (British Cemetery) Plot 1 Row A Grave 260.

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His name is inscribed on the war Memorial at Epsom, Surrey, England, alongside that of his brother William Knibbs, also killed in action during WWI.

George's name is also inscribed on a new Memorial at St. Judes Church, Englefield Green that was unveiled on 1 July, 2016.
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George is buried at the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, France, Plot: I. A. 260.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in his memory.

Sources for George Charles KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. 1891 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD, gave Windsor District 
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,