Leopold Brian KNIBBS, son of Henry KNIBBS and Margaret BRION , was born 07 May 1900 in Clewer, Berkshire, England. He married Margaret Lilian ROBSON bet. July and September, 1923 in Islington District, London, Middlesex, England. He died bet. January and March, 1973 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England. Margaret Lilian ROBSON was born abt. 1906. She died UNKNOWN.

Children of Leopold Brian KNIBBS and Margaret Lilian ROBSON are:
1. Eric R KNIBBS, b. Private
2. Marilyn A KNIBBS, b. Private

Marriage Notes for Leopold Brian KNIBBS\Margaret Lilian ROBSON:

It is clear that Leoipold martried Margaret at some time between the time he was accused of stabbing her, and the case coming to court, so between Augustr and October 1923.

Notes for Leopold Brian KNIBBS:

Also known as: Leo

On 5 Feb 1919, Leopold enlisted in the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, aged 18 years and 9 months.

From the Evening News, August 3, 1923:
Lover and Ghurka Knife.
Police Search for Missing Dagger Unavailing.
An alleged attack of a girl with a ghurka dagger about eight inches long was described at Windsor yesterday, when Leopold Knibbs (23), of Windsor was charged with wounding with intent to murder Margaret Lilian Robson of Alma Road.
Miss Robson said she had been keeping company with Knibbs for some time, and after she told him she did not want to have anything more to do with him, he threatened to strangle her.
At her home, declared witness, she gave Knibbs a knife he asked for. He pulled her head toward him, and she felt a blow on the breast.
Knibbs then rushed our of the door saying he was going to drown himself.
The Chief Constable said a search had been made for the dagger, but it coud not be found.
The case was adjourned, Knibbs being released on bail.

Other newspaper reports at the time identify that Miss Robson was in fact Leopold's sweetheart.

From the Northampton Chronicle and Echo - 11 August 1923:
At Windsor on Friday Leopold Knibbs (23) was committed for trial charged with unlawfully wounding his sweetheart, Margaret Lilian Robson, by striking her in the breast with a Gurkha knife. Prisoner reserved his defence. Miss Robson. who was not seriously hurt, told the magistrate that Knibbs and she were devoted to each other, but her mother would not consent to marriage. When she (witness) went on her holidays they agreed to write to each other every day, and once when he did not receive a letter Knibbs sent a telegram and came himself the following day. She had written to him that she was horribly miserable and would like to end it, but was too frightened. She also said ahe would like to drown herself, and Knibbs had said if she did he would also drown himself.


From the Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 22 October 1923 : More Humane than Logical.
Under English law, no wife is obliged to give evidence against her husband. As Leopold BrianKnibbs, a young painter, had married the seventeen-year-old girl whom he was said to havewounded with a Ghurka knife, a change of malicious wounding could no be presented against him. In discharging him at the Berkshire Assizes, Mr. Justice Shearman said, "The English law is more humane than logical."


Knibbs, Leopold Brian, 23, Painter
Committed from Windsor Borough, 9 Aug., 1923.
Bailed at Court, 9 Aug., 1923. Surrendered.
Offence.- On 14 July, 1923, at Windsor Borough, Wounding Margaret Lilian Robson with intent to do her grevous bodily harm.
Tried before Mr. Justice Shearman,. Date 15 Oct., 1923.
Verdice.- Not Guilty.
Order of the Court.- Discharged.

We see Leopold living at Redleaf Cottage, Eton, Buckinghamshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.
Living with him were Mary E Barker, 33, Ironer in Laundry, Jessie Caplin, 50, and Rebecca Keizelman, 59.

From the Shields Daily News - 7 November 1952:
A trail of damage on land and water was left behind by the gale which swept almost the whole of Britain during the night. A gust of 94 m.p.h. was recorded at Showbury (Shropshire), and gusts of over 70 m.p.h. were reported on Tyneside. On land hundreds of roads were blocked by fallen trees and traffic was diverted and delayed. Trees fell on cars and houses, telephone wires were brought down in many districts. Several people were injured when chimney stacks crashed.
In the Channel between Dover and Dungeness there was today an "armada" of nearly 100 ships. sheltering from the fierce winds and huge seas. Two dozen ships were held up in Great Yarmouth Roads. Most of the boats of the East Anglian herring fleet stayed in port. Some which put to sea yesterday were forced back without fishing Lifeboats in several paces answered distress signals. Mr Leo Knibbs was trapped in his bed at St Margaret's House. Maidenhead Road. Windsor. when the chimney stack was blown down and crashed through the roof. He was taken to hospital but not detained.

Sources for Leopold Brian KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. Ancestry.co.uk - Surrey, England, Regimental Rolls, 1914-1947,
  5. 1939 Register,

Notes for Margaret Lilian ROBSON:

Sources for Margaret Lilian ROBSON:

  1. GRO England & Wales, From 1901 Census Records On Line 

Notes for Eric R KNIBBS:

Notes for Marilyn A KNIBBS: