Henry Edward KNIBBS, son of John Edward KNIBBS and Frances COLLINS , was born 31 May 1861 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. He married Emily Newton WICKS 07 May 1884 in East London, Cape Province, South Africa. He died 24 November 1932 in East London, Cape Province, South Africa. Emily Newton WICKS, daughter of George WICKS and Mary Ann MIDGELEY , was born November 1863 in Cape Province, South Africa. She died 01 May 1933 in East London, Cape Province, South Africa.


Children of Henry Edward KNIBBS and Emily Newton WICKS are:
1. Harold Newton KNIBBS, b. 29 December 1894 See Harold Newton KNIBBS & Hilda Evelyn STONE
2. Harry Percival KNIBBS, b. 27 August 1885 See Harry Percival KNIBBS & Lilian INGRAM OR Harry Percival KNIBBS & Elizabeth INNES
3. Horace Lester KNIBBS, b. 29 December 1894
4. Arthur Reginald KNIBBS, b. 12 September 1892 See Arthur Reginald KNIBBS & Florence Norton OAKESHOTT
5. Marjorie Doreen KNIBBS, b. 29 September 1900 See Gordon BEAMISH & Marjorie Doreen KNIBBS OR Cyril Brian VAN LEENHOF & Marjorie Doreen KNIBBS
6. Irene May KNIBBS, b. abt. 1887 See William George Arnold MARTIN & Irene May KNIBBS
7. Norman Owen KNIBBS, b. February 1902 See Norman Owen KNIBBS & Eunice Sybil HASTIE OR Norman Owen KNIBBS & Dorothy Cecelia SCOTT-WILLIAMS OR Norman Owen KNIBBS & Adeline GLASSER

Marriage Notes for Henry Edward KNIBBS\Emily Newton WICKS:


See Henry and Emily's Marriage Certificate


Notes for Henry Edward KNIBBS:

It is understood that Henry Edward was the oldest son of John Edward and Fanny Knibbs as he was heir to "the few pounds" in John Edward's estate.
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We can see in 1922, Henry sailed from London, England to East London, South Africa with two female Knibbs', one of whom I assume to be his daughter Marjorie Doreen Knibbs, born in 1901. The other was born in 1884, so I haven't worked out who she was yet. Sadly her initial isn't given, but she is identified as Mrs Knibbs so it may have been a daughter-in-law.

Name: Mr H E KNIBBS
Date of departure: 14 October 1922
Port of departure: Southampton
Passenger destination port: East London, South Africa
Passenger destination: East London, South Africa

Date of Birth: 1861 (calculated from age)
Age: 61
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male
Occupation: Leather Mercht

The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyag
Mrs KNIBBS
Miss KNIBBS

Ship: BALMORAL CASTLE
Steamship Line: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Coy Ltd
Where bound: South Africa
Passengers on voyage: 546

KNIBBSH E1861M1922SouthamptonSouth AfricaEast London
KNIBBS1884F1922SouthamptonSouth AfricaEast London
KNIBBS1901F1922SouthamptonSouth AfricaEast London

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Death Notice from the Cape Archives:

MOOC 193200006/9/4193 Ref: 36153
Henry Edward Knibbs


See Henry's Death Notice


File also contains his last will and testament (quite long) and it seems after a quick read that his son H.P. Knibbs was to run the business of J.E. Knibbs and son at 36 Oxford Road, East London.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Henry.

Sources for Henry Edward KNIBBS:

  1. John Edward's Death Notice (ref. MOOC 6.9.1672, no 1276),
  2. Cape Archives Death Notice, MOOC 193200006/9/4193 Ref: 36153 
  3. LDS - South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers,
  4. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  5. South African National Archives (NAAIRS),
  6. FindMyPast.com - Ship's Passenger List,
  7. Marriage Certificate,

Notes for Emily Newton WICKS:

I have been fortunate enough to have been given information of Emily's background from two different sources.

Firstly, David Bayne of Parklands, South Africa, whose wife is descended from the Wicks family in South Africa gave me the following:

David's wife's great great grandfather was Robert Wicks (1795-1825) who came to South Africa about 1820 (probably what is referred to as an "1820 Settler") he was a ships' pilot working here in the Kowie River (Port Alfred). He was lost at sea somewhere between Port Frances and Port Elizabeth while commanding the Bridekirk in September 1825.
David has no information about Robert Wicks' wife and very little about the one daughter I know of. This daughter married a Jack Reynolds and one of their children, Robert Newton Reynolds was David's wife's grandfather.
David came across a reference to an Elizabeth Wicks who married "a Reynolds" and her parents are given as Robert Wicks and Mary Midilet Newton (which is the same as we have for Emily). Unfortunately no dates at all were given. There was also reference to Elizabeth having 3 sisters, Ellen, Emily and Mabel and a brother George.
It seems highly likely that our Emily Newton Wicks is the sister of Elizabeth "who married a Reynolds" and that Emily is descended from Robert Wicks (1795-1825) above.

Next, I was contacted by Alaine Kent from Victoria, Australia, and she too is researching this part of the Wicks family. She gave me the following information:

Emily was one of seven children born to George Wicks b. abt. 1825, and his wife Mary Ann Midgeley. Emily's siblings were Elizabeth Ann Wicks (who is also mentioned my David Bayne above, and she went on to marry a Sergeant John Michael Reynolds who was b. abt. 1858 in County Clare, Ireland), John Edward, William, Ellen, Sarah Jane and Mabel Blache.
Elaine also tells me that Emily's grandfather was Capt. Robert Wicks from Maidstone in Kent. He was married to Mary Midilet Newton.
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See the Death Notice for Emily's father, George Wicks.


This provides the names of Emily's siblings.
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From the South Africa weekly journal, 28 December, 1894:
KNIBBS, Mrs. H. E., East London, November 27.

I'm not yet sure which of the children this relates to.
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We can see on 2 Oct 1908, Emily and five children sailed from London to the port of East London, South Africa aboard the ship GALEKA of The Union Castle Mail Steamship Company. They travelled 2nd Class:
Mrs E Knibbs 45
Mstr A R Knibbs 16
Mstr H Knibbs 13
Miss M Knibbs 7
Mstr N Knibbs 5
Miss I Knibbs 21

I'm assuming this was returning home to South Africa following a visit to family in England, but I also believe Arthur and Horace had been attending school in England from September 1907 until mid-1908.
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Emily's Death Notice is on file at MOOC 193300006/9/4264 ref: 37686 at the Cape Archives.
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KNIBBS Emily Newton
Occupation: Home Duties
Residence: 13 Wynne Street
Died: 01 May 1933
Age at death: 69 yrs
Buried: 01 May 1933, 4:00
Additional notes: buried: East Bank Cemetery, section: Circle, grave no: 149
Marital status: Married
nationality: RSA
Cause of death: Asthaemia
Place of death: East London
Source: East London - East Bank Cemetery, East London, Eastern Cape. burial register, 1904-2007. Repository: East London Municipality.
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See Emily's Death Certificate

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

Sources for Emily Newton WICKS:

  1. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  2. Personal Contact with David Bayne in SA - a descendant of the Wicks family, Personal Contact with David Bayne in SA - a descendant of the Wicks family.David gave me the day and month of her death. 
  3. South African National Archives (NAAIRS),
  4. Cape Archives Death Notice, confirms her year of death 
  5. eGGSA, Genealogical Society of South Africa,

Notes for Horace Lester KNIBBS:

We can see on 2 Oct 1908, Horace, his mother and four of his siblings sailed from London to the port of East London, South Africa aboard the ship GALEKA of The Union Castle Mail Steamship Company. They travelled 2nd Class:
Mrs E Knibbs 45
Mstr A R Knibbs 16
Mstr H Knibbs 13
Miss M Knibbs 7
Mstr N Knibbs 5
Miss I Knibbs 21

I'm assuming this was returning home to South Africa following a visit to family in England, but I also believe Arthur and Horace had been attending school in England from September 1907 until mid-1908.
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Horace is listed in the book named "Rollcall - The Story of Delville Wood" written by Mr Ian Uys and is included amongst the list of the men who were present in the ranks of the South African brigade at midnight on the 14th/15th July 1916 before its engagement in Delville Wood. Horace survived that particular battle but tragically, was killed in action seven months later at the Battle of Arras, France.

Private Horace Lester KNIBBS - 2nd SAI - Killed in action near Arras (as Lance Corporal) on the 12th April 1917 (Brown's Copse Cemetery). Killed in action in the improvised and disastrous attack of the 9th (Scottish) Division on the German positions in the East of Fampoux. The 2nd South African Infantry, who went in 400 strong, lost 16 officers and 285 men.

Horace's brother Arthur was wounded at Delville Wood.
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See Horace's Death Notice



See Horace's Death Certificate



See Horace's Will

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The Commonweath War Graves Commission has the following reference:

Died at war aged 22 years. There is a memorial at Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France

Horace Lester KNIBBS
Lance Corporal
No: 5642
2nd Regiment, South African Infantry
died on
Thursday, 12th April 1917.
Age22

Theatre of War: France and Flanders
Cemetery: BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, Pas de Calais, France
Grave reference: III. B. 32

Additional Information: Son of Henry Edward and Emily Newton Knibbs, of 24, St. James Rd., Belgravia, East London, Cape Province. Served also in German South West Africa and Egypt.
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Cape Archives Death Notice: MOOC 191700006/9/941 Ref: 2427
Horace Lester Knibbs

Notice from Defence Force
Father:Harry Edward Knibbs
Mother:?
Lance corporal in 2nd SA Infantry SA Defence Force. Killed in action in WWI
Date of death:12th April 1917

Also a small hand-written will dated 1916 (appears to have been written after he joined up)
Death Notice
Born: East London
Nationality:English
Father:Harry Edward Knibbs of 25 St. Georges Rd, Belgravia, East London.
Mother:Emily Newton Knibbs
Age:22years 3months
Occupation:Clerk in Wool Office in East London
Unmarried and no children
Place of death: Killed at Fampoux near Arras, France
Signed by:father
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Horace is buried at Browns Copse (CWGC), Roeux, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, France, Plot: III. B. 32., and his memory is honoured at the Brown's
Copse
section of the Delville Wood web site.
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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 Horace Lester KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  2. Cape Archives Death Notice, MOOC 191700006/9/941 Ref: 2427 
  3. LDS - South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers,