Lt. Peter R KNIBBS, son of Thomas Frederick KNIBBS and Flora Beatrice ALLEN , was born bet. January and March, 1930 in Portsmouth District, Hampshire, England. He married Ivy Elizabeth DAVIS 14 March 1953 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England. He died 09 September 2014 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. Ivy Elizabeth DAVIS was born 07 November 1923 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. She died October 2012 in Windsor, Berkshire, England.


Marriage Notes for Lt. Peter R KNIBBS\Ivy Elizabeth DAVIS:



The wedding of Peter and Ivy in 1953. (click to enlarge)


Notes for Lt. Peter R KNIBBS:

From the Navy News, December 2008:
Rewarded with Lord Lieutenant's Certificate.
Lt (SCC) Peter Knibbs RNR (retd) first joined TS Windsor Castle in 1944 as a cadet, joining the Senior Service in 1947 and serving with distinction in Korea. On leaving the Navy in 1964 he rejoined Windsor unit serving as a CPO, leading and instructing cadets until retirement in 1990, when he joined the unit management committee.
He received his certificate from the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mary Bayliss

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From the Ascot Windsor & Eton Express, 7 April, 2014:
Duke of Edinburgh visits Windsor sea cadets.
The Duke of Edinburgh paid a special visit to Windsor's historic sea cadets today as the unit held an open day at its training ship, Windsor Castle.
The T.S. Windsor Castle is the oldest unit in the Sea Cadet Corps and has been based at its current location in Stovell Road since 1986. The unit was first established in 1899.
The Duke was introduced to distinguished cadets - including life vice-president of the unit Lt Peter Knibbs, 84, who has been part of the unit since 1964 - before observing demonstrations of the activities done by the sea and marine cadets of the unit.
Cadets demonstrated their first aid, camping and survival, piping and ropework skills in front of an interested Duke, who praised them for their skills as well as making numerous quips.
He was also presented with a plaque baring the unit's badge by petty officer Sophie Levy.
The 16-year-old from Windsor said; "I only found out this morning I would be doing that! I was really nervous, but I remembered my lines and it was an honour."
Unit chaplain the Rev John Wasley, 65, was presented with his Cadet Forces Medal by the Duke at the end of the Royal visit.

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From the Sea Cadets, Windsor and Eton Web site:
Peter Knibbs received his 50 year service Captain's Medal from Captain Windsor.
Peter started at the Unit when he was 13 years old as a cadet. He progressed through the Sea Cadets and then as a young adult he joined the Navy and served with the Fleet Air Arm. On his return from Naval service he came back to the corps and eventually achieved the rank of Lieutenant and became the CO of T.S. Windsor Castle. After his term as CO he joined the unit management committee, after which he became Vice-President of the unit. Since then he has attended more or less every function there has been at the unit and is one of our greatest supporters.

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From the Windsor, Royal Burough Observer, 19 September, 2014:

TRIBUTES pour in for 'inspirational' Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets stalwart Peter Knibbs
Tributes have been paid to a man who 'literally helped build’ a town’s sea cadet unit, inspiring hundreds of young people along the way.
Lt Peter Knibbs receives his Captain’s Medal from Captain Mark Windsor, the head of the Sea Cadet Corps, in 2012.
TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who 'literally helped build’ a town’s sea cadet unit, inspiring hundreds of young people along the way.
Lieutenant Peter Knibbs, of Rutherford Close, Windsor, died aged 84 on Tuesday last week of prostate cancer, after dedicating more than 50 years of his adult life to the Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets.
Lt Knibbs joined the T.S. Windsor Castle-based unit, in Stovell Road, in 1956 and played a key role in the construction of the base in the 1980s as well as training generations of cadets before being made life vice-president in recognition of his standing. He was presented with the Captain’s Medal in 2012 for his dedication.
Sub Lt Gareth Johns, commanding officer of the unit since 2012 who knew Lt Knibbs for 18 years, said: “I have the upmost respect for Peter, a volunteer who literally helped build the unit we use now who, even as he got older and more frail, was still out helping people he called 'the old boys’.
“His capacity for helping people was endless and the use of the phrase 'an example to us all’ does not quite cover the respect we should all have for this man.”
Lt Knibbs, who was born in Portsmouth, moved to Windsor in the late 1930s or early 1940s and attended the Royal Free School. He was a junior member of the Sea Cadets from 1944.
He left school aged 14 to work as a sheet metal worker in Slough before joining the Royal Navy in 1947. He served in the Korean War and was also stationed in Japan and Hong Kong before leaving the Forces in 1954 to return to Windsor.
Lt Knibbs married his childhood sweetheart Ivy in 1953 and they were together for more than 55 years until she died two years ago. They did not have children.
From the early 1960s to his retirement in the early 90s, he made optical instruments at Keeler, based in Clewer Hill Road.
John Gathergood, assistant district officer for the West London region of Sea Cadets, knew Lt Knibbs for more than 25 years. He said: “He took me under his wing when I joined in 1988. He touched an awful lot of people in his lifetime. His dedication to young people was inspiring and he gave a vast part of his life to giving back.”
His funeral will be held at Slough Crematorium, in Stoke Road, on Friday, September 26, at 2.30pm. A wake will be held at T.S. Windsor Castle after the service.
A request has been made for no flowers, but for donations to be made to the Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets.

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From the Ascot, Windsor & Eton Express, Monday 22nd September, 2014:
Funeral to be held for man who served Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets for half a century.
A half century of service to Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets will be remembered next week when Peter Knibbs' funeral takes place.
Mr Knibbs, 84, of Rutherford Close, Windsor died on Tuesday, September 9 at Thames Hospice in Hatch Lane. Windsor.
His involvement with the cadets went back to 1944. He left to join the Royal Navy in 1948 - serving in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea before returning to the cadets in 1956.
He rose to be commanding officer and played a major role in the construction of the current headquarters in Stovell Road in the 1980s.
After retiring as CO he joined the cadets' management committee, serving for 20 years and becoming vice-president.
Current commanding officer Gareth Johns said: "Peter was supportive of everything we do and has always been a mainstay of the unit, offering welcome advice and recanting stories until the early hours of the morning with our current staff.
"I have the upmost respect for Peter, a volunteer who literally helped build the unit we use now.
"Even as he got older and more frail he was still out helping people he called 'the old boys.' His capacity for helping people was endless."
Peter's wife Ivy died in 2012.
His funeral is at 2.30pm on Friday, September 26 at Slough Crematorium followed by a reception at the cadets' T.S. Windsor Castle headquarters in Stovell Road, Windsor.

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From the Sea Cadets, Windsor and Eton Web site:
Peter Knibbs RIP
Sadly one of our greatest supporters, Peter Knibbs has passed away. He devoted over 50 years to Windsor Sea Cadets and received the Captain's Medal in 2012 in honour of his service to the Corps. He will be sorely missed by us all. His funeral will be held at Slough Crematorium, Stoke Road, Slough SL2 5AX on Friday 26 September at 1430 hrs.

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From the Maidenhead Advertiser, 18 September, 2014:
Funeral to be held for man who served Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets for half a century.
A half century of service to Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets will be remembered next week when Peter Knibbs' funeral takes place.
Mr Knibbs, 84, of Rutherford Close, Windsor died on Tuesday, September 9 at Thames Hospice in Hatch Lane. Windsor.
His involvement with the cadets went back to 1944. He left to join the Royal Navy in 1948 - serving in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea before returning to the cadets in 1956.
He rose to be commanding officer and played a major role in the construction of the current headquarters in Stovell Road in the 1980s.
After retiring as CO he joined the cadets' management committee, serving for 20 years and becoming vice-president.
Current commanding officer Gareth Johns said: "Peter was supportive of everything we do and has always been a mainstay of the unit, offering welcome advice and recanting stories until the early hours of the morning with our current staff.
"I have the upmost respect for Peter, a volunteer who literally helped build the unit we use now.
"Even as he got older and more frail he was still out helping people he called 'the old boys.' His capacity for helping people was endless."
Peter's wife Ivy died in 2012.
His funeral is at 2.30pm on Friday, September 26 at Slough Crematorium followed by a reception at the cadets' T.S. Windsor Castle headquarters in Stovell Road, Windsor.

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From the Royal Borough Observer, 19 September, 2014:
Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets stalwart Peter Knibbs.
TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who 'literally helped build’ a town’s sea cadet unit, inspiring hundreds of young people along the way.

Lieutenant Peter Knibbs, of Rutherford Close, Windsor, died aged 84 on Tuesday last week of prostate cancer, after dedicating more than 50 years of his adult life to the Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets.
Lt Knibbs joined the T.S. Windsor Castle-based unit, in Stovell Road, in 1956 and played a key role in the construction of the base in the 1980s as well as training generations of cadets before being made life vice-president in recognition of his standing. He was presented with the Captain’s Medal in 2012 for his dedication.
Sub Lt Gareth Johns, commanding officer of the unit since 2012 who knew Lt Knibbs for 18 years, said: “I have the upmost respect for Peter, a volunteer who literally helped build the unit we use now who, even as he got older and more frail, was still out helping people he called 'the old boys’.
“His capacity for helping people was endless and the use of the phrase 'an example to us all’ does not quite cover the respect we should all have for this man.” Lt Knibbs, who was born in Portsmouth, moved to Windsor in the late 1930s or early 1940s and attended the Royal Free School. He was a junior member of the Sea Cadets from 1944.

He left school aged 14 to work as a sheet metal worker in Slough before joining the Royal Navy in 1947. He served in the Korean War and was also stationed in Japan and Hong Kong before leaving the Forces in 1954 to return to Windsor.
Lt Knibbs married his childhood sweetheart Ivy in 1953 and they were together for more than 55 years until she died two years ago. They did not have children.
From the early 1960s to his retirement in the early 90s, he made optical instruments at Keeler, based in Clewer Hill Road.
John Gathergood, assistant district officer for the West London region of Sea Cadets, knew Lt Knibbs for more than 25 years. He said: “He took me under his wing when I joined in 1988. He touched an awful lot of people in his lifetime. His dedication to young people was inspiring and he gave a vast part of his life to giving back.” His funeral will be held at Slough Crematorium, in Stoke Road, on Friday, September 26, at 2.30pm. A wake will be held at T.S. Windsor Castle after the service.
A request has been made for no flowers, but for donations to be made to the Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets.

Sources for Lt. Peter R KNIBBS:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  2. Obituary,
  3. Navy News,

Notes for Ivy Elizabeth DAVIS:

Published in Maidenhead Advertiser from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, 2012
KNIBBS, Ivy In memory of my loving wife Ivy. Until we walk hand-in-hand again, Peter xxx

Sources for Ivy Elizabeth DAVIS:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  2. Obituary,