Albert William TURVEY was born bet. April and June, 1877 in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. He married Sarah Georgina Knibbs ROSE 22 November 1896 in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England. He died bet. October and December, 1930 in Northampton District, Northamptonshire, England. Sarah Georgina Knibbs ROSE, daughter of Humphrey KNIBBS and Eliza Maria ROSE , was born bet. July and September, 1873 in Chipping Norton District, Oxfordshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of Albert William TURVEY and Sarah Georgina Knibbs ROSE are:
1. George Henry KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1896
2. Dorothy Laura May TURVEY, b. 03 September 1897
3. Eva Alice TURVEY, b. 16 January 1900

Marriage Notes for Albert William TURVEY\Sarah Georgina Knibbs ROSE:

Sarah Georgina Knibbs' son was baptised George Knibbs (not Turvey) on December 20 1896.
Sarah & Albert Turvey married one month before George was born.

Witnesses to the marriage were Laura Turvey and Albert Knibbs, probably Albert's sister and Sarah's brother.

Albert and Sarah were listed as "full age" bachelor and spinster with Albert from the Brackley parish and Sarah from Swerford.


Notes for Albert William TURVEY:

Also known as: Willie

The marriage record states that Albert's father was John Turvey, a labourer. However, I can see no John Turvey in Brackley in 1881 or 1901, neither can I see an Albert Turvey in Brackley in 1881 with a father named John. However, it was pointed out to me that there is a John Turvey living at Brackley St Peter, Northampton in 1881. He has a son name Willie, so one theory is that Albert William Turvey was called Willie or William within the family.

Checking within the GRO records available at Ancestry.com, I was able to find a record of the birth of Albert William Turvey at Brackley, so that supports the theory that Willie and Albert William are the same person.

The other interesting fact is that this John Turvey also had a daughter named Laura - we know from the marriage records that the marriage between Albert Turvey and Sarah was witnessed by Laura Turvey.

If that is correct, then Albert's family appears as the following in 1881:
John TURVEY Head M Male 39 Whitfield, Northampton, Laborer
Ester TURVEY Wife M Female 34 Falcott, Northampton
James Hy.TURVEY Son Male 14 Brackley, Northampton
Sarah Elizh. TURVEY Daur Female 10 Brackley, Northampton
Laura TURVEY Daur Female 8 Brackley, Northampton
Willie TURVEY Son Male 4 Brackley, Northampton
John TURVEY Son Male 11 m Brackley, Northampton
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Albert married Sarah Knibbs Rose in 1896.
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We can also see Albert with his wife and children living at Albert Road, Brackley, Northants at the 1901 census. The name has been transcribed incorrectly as Tuney:
Albert W Turvey Head M 24 Drayman Brewery Norths Brackley
Sarah Turvey Wife M 27 Swerford
Dorothy Turvey Daur 3 Norths Brackley
Eva Turvey Daur 1 Norths Brackley

Sarah's son George Knibbs then aged 4 years was living in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire at the 1901 census. He was living with his great-aunt Louisa Knibbs and her husband William Weston.
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We can see Albert and his family in 1911, living at Banbury Road, Brackley, Northamptonshire:
William Turney Head Married (14 Years) 33 Brewers Carter Brackley Northants
Sarah Turvey Wife Married (14 years) 36 Surrey Ford Oxon
Dorothy Turvey Daughter 13 School Northants Brackley
Gladys Turvey Daughter 2 Northants Brackley

Sarah's son George Knibbs could be seen living at Great Tew, Oxfordshire with Sarah's dad, Humphrey Knibbs and his second wife. Sarah's place of birth is wrongly transcribed - she was born in Swerford.
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Albert was 53 when he died.

Sources for Albert William TURVEY:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. 1881 British Census, listed as Willie Turvey 
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 as Brackley District 
  4. GRO England & Wales,
  5. 1901 British Census,
  6. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Sarah Georgina Knibbs ROSE:

Born to her parents Humphrey Knibbs and Eliza Rose out of wedlock. She was registered as Sarah Georgina ROSE and given the Christian name of Knibbs when she was baptised. Humphrey and Eliza eventually married, 15 months after Sara was born.
Sarah's name was given as Sarah Georgina KNIBBS when she married to Albert Turvey in 1896.

Sources for Sarah Georgina Knibbs ROSE:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 

Notes for George Henry KNIBBS:

Also known as: George Herbert

George was conceived out of wedlock but baptised one month before his mother Sarah married Albert Turvey. George was baptised as George Knibbs. I believe it was quite possibly this George's birth which was recorded at the GRO as George ROSE, during Oct-Dec 1896 in the Chipping Norton District of Oxfordshire (which includes the village of Swerford where he was baptised).
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George is listed as aged 4 years, living in the Civil Parish of Hook Norton, Oxfordshire at the 1901 census. He appears to be living with his great-aunt Louisa Knibbs and her husband William Weston. His parents were living at Brackley, Northamptonshire with their daughters Dorothy and Eva.
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In 1911, he can be seen living with his grandparents at Great Tew, Enstone with his wife and grandson:
Humphrey Knibbs Head Married 66 Roadman Labourer Swerford Enstone Oxon
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Married (5 years) 55 Great Tew Enstone Oxon
George Knibbs Grandson 14 Farm Labourer Swerford Oxon
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George was killed in action during the Great War at Gallipoli on Wednesday 8th November 1916. We know from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that a George Herbert KNIBBS, born in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England was killed on this day, and the records show that the only George Knibbs born at Swerford who could have been killed in the Great War was this George, son of Sarah Georgina Rose Knibbs.
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The Fallen of Enstone web site has the following details:
GEORGE HERBERT KNIBBS was serving as Private with the 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment when he died of fever whilst a prisoner of the Turks, on 8th November 1916. He was aged 19 and is buried in Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery in Iraq.
He was born in Swerford to Sarah Knibbs Rose and had been living in Great Tew with his grandparents, working as a farm labourer.
He had enlisted into The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1914 then transferred to the Hampshires. They sailed from Avonmouth on 29th March 1915 for Gallipoli, going via Egypt. They landed at Cape Helles on 25th April 1915, as part of the 88th Brigade, 29th Division and fought in the Gallipoli Campaign. During this Private Knibbs was taken prisoner.

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The CWGC has the following information on him:

George Herbert KNIBBS
Private
No: 17112
2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
died on
Wednesday, 8th November 1916.
Age ?

Theatre of War: Gallipoli
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq
Grave reference: XXI. M. 7.

Additional Information: (Formerly 18188 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Hampshire Regiment.)
Born: Swerford, Oxfordshire
Enlisted: Bournemouth
Residence: Enstone, Oxfordshire

The Times Newspaper recorded the folowing on 3 April, 1917:

Previously Missing, now Reptd, Died as Prisoners in Turkish Hands
HAMPS R. - KNIBBS, 17112 G.H.(Bournemouth, Enlt.)


The place name in brackets after his name was to identify where he enlisted.
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There is also reference to George Herbert Knibbs on the War Memorial in the Church at Great Tew, Oxfordshire, (below) to the memory of the men of the Great Tew parish who laid down their lives in the Great War. (Click to Enlarge)


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The fallen of Great Tew web site has the following rreference to George, (albeit with his name given incorrectly):
GEORGE HERBERT KNIBBS was serving as Private with the 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment when he died of fever whilst a prisoner of the Turks, on 8th November 1916. He was aged 19 and is buried in Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery in Iraq.
He was born in Swerford to Sarah Knibbs Rose and had been living in Great Tew with his grandparents, working as a farm labourer.
He had enlisted into The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1914 then transferred to the Hampshires. They sailed from Avonmouth on 29th March 1915 for Gallipoli, going via Egypt. They landed at Cape Helles on 25th April 1915, as part of the 88th Brigade, 29th Division and fought in the Gallipoli Campaign. During this Private Knibbs was taken prisoner.

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George is buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Baghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq, Plot: XXI. M. 7.

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

Sources for George Henry KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 as George ROSE 
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
  4. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  5. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Dorothy Laura May TURVEY:

I suspect it was this Dorothy L M Turvey who married Frederick Devonshire during q4/1922 in Northampton District, Northamptonshire.

Sources for Dorothy Laura May TURVEY:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. Ancestry.co.uk - England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,

Notes for Eva Alice TURVEY:

Eva married Richard Herbert Jackson Jackson during q4/1924 in the Islington District of London.

Sources for Eva Alice TURVEY:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. ancestry.com - Collins Family Tree,