Arthur Edward KNIBBS, son of William Edward KNIBBS and Hannah TAYLOR , was born 18 August 1886 in Aston District, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Nellie M YATES bet. April and June, 1912 in Birmingham District, Warwickshire, England. He died bet. January and March, 1975 in Birmingham District, Warwickshire, England. Nellie M YATES was born 28 August 1893 in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of Arthur Edward KNIBBS and Nellie M YATES are:
1. Irene May KNIBBS, b. 12 February 1914 See ? & Irene May KNIBBS OR Edward HILES & Irene May KNIBBS
2. Sylvia D KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1919

Notes for Arthur Edward KNIBBS:

We see Arthur and Nellie living at 109 Hampton Street, Birmingham, Warickshire at the time of the 1939 Register.
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Arthur in 1941 with his George Medal alongside the 1914-18 Victory Medal and the General Service Medal.
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Arthur was awarded the George Medal during WWII for saving the lives of two girls.

The incident occurred during one of many air raids in Birmingham. A house had been demolished close to where Arthur lived and cries for help were heard from underneath the wreckage. Two girls were trapped. Arthur tunnelled underneath the wreckage and brought the two girls out to safety. Arthur's nephew, Harold Albert Knibbs (a young man in his twenties at the time) recalls reading the subsequent newspaper article that alluded to the Knibbs' generally 'slim build'. Arthur's build apparently helped him to reach the trapped girls.

The two trapped girls were friends and they remained friends for many years afterwards. About 10 - 15 years ago, Harold Albert Knibbs happened to be reading the Birmingham Evening Mail and saw a letter from a woman recounting the exact story from above. The lady wanted to try to contact the current owner of the George Medal ... with a view to buying it!

Harold contacted the lady and explained that the George Medal was now in the possession of Arthur's grandson, and was instrumental in enabling the lady to make contact with him. Harold recalls that the lady and grandson did meet up. The grandson wouldn't part with the medal but agreed for the ladies to inspect it at any time.
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GEORGE MEDAL
The following article appeared in The Times Newspaper on Saturday 22 March 1941:
Arthur Edward Knibbs, general dealer, Birmingham.
Two women were trapped in a demolished house. Knibbs rescued the younger girl. There was a small hole leading down to the kitchen fire, which was still burning. He went down this opening and released the youth whose head was trapped by a beam. A girl was pinned in a chair under a beam, and it was necessary to saw the seat and one arm away to release her. Knibbs was working in a cramped position
close to the fire grate for nearly two hours, and there was considerable risk of the house collapsing, and trapping him. Bombs were also dropped in the neighbourhood during the rescue work.

See Copy of Times Article.


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The following article is from the London Gazette, Friday 21st March 1941:
Awarded the George Medal:
Arthur Edward Knibbs, General Dealer, Birmingham.
A high explosive bomb demolished a house, trapping two women and a youth. Knibbs climbed over debris and rescued the younger girl. There was a small hole leading down to the kitchen fire which was still burning. He went down this opening and saw the youth with his head under a beam. He released his head and dragged him out. A girl was pinned in a chair under a beam and it was necessary to saw the seat and one arm away to release her. Knibbs was working in a cramped position, close to the fire grate, for nearly two hours, and there was considerable risk of the house collapsing and trapping him. Bombs were also dropped in the neighbourhood during the time the rescue work was being undertaken.
Mr Knibbs acted in a most courageous manner without regard to his own safety.

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From the Birmingham Evening Despatch, 25 June, 1941:
Raid hero scared, couldn't sleep for nights because he had to see King.
Bombs don't trouble raid hero Mr. Arthur Edward Knibbs, of 109, Hampton Street, Hockley, but when he had to see the King to receive the George Medal for his bravery Mr. Knibbs told an Evening Despatch reporter:- "I've never been so scared in my life, I couldn't sleep for nights before."
"I don't know why." Mr. Knibbs said, "as the King is a most charming fellow. He shook my hand very firmly, asked me what I did, and if business was good. He also expressed the wish that everything would go well for me in the future. I had a grand time." said Mr. Knibbs, "and I spent several days seeing all the sights of London and having a good look round. I think I can say that I am the happiest and proudest man in Birmingham at the moment."
Mr. Knibbs, who was one of the first Birmingham men to receive the George Medal from the hands of the King, was awarded it for his bravery when rescuing people from a bombed home during the blitz
He was on his way home from work at the time.

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We see Arthur and Nellie living in the Birmingham District of Warwickshire at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for Arthur Edward KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Alexander Knibbs,
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  4. 1939 Register,
  5. Death Certificate,

Notes for Nellie M YATES:

Harold Albert Knibbs can't remember Nelie so well but certainly remembers that she was known as Red Haired Nellie amongst family.
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We see Nellie in 1901, living at 21 Ct 2 Ho, Unett Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire:
Thomas Yates Head Mar 42 Traveller Birmingham
Caroline Yates Wife Mar 39 Birmingham
Amy E Yates Daur 14 Pen Trade Birmingham
Frederick T Yates Son 12 Birmingham
Sidney J Yates Son 11 Birmingham
Nellie M Yates Daur 7 Birmingham
Ethel A Daur 4 Birmingham
Thomas Yates Son 1 Birmingham
John Laugher Brother-in-Law 14 Tin Plate Stamper Birmingham
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In 1911, we see Nellie and her family living at 107 Hampton Street, St George, Birmingham:
Mr Thomas Yates Husband Mar 52 A Brass Castor Aston Parish
Mrs Thomas Yates Wife Mar (28 years) 49 A Confectioner Birmingham
Miss Amy Yates Daur 24 UnM Ateel Pen Worker Birmingham
Miss Nellie Yates Daur 17 UnM A Junior Clerk Aston Parish
Mr Thomas Yates Jr. Son 11 Scholar Birmingham
Mr John Laugher Boarder 51 UnM Tin Plate Stamper Birmingham
Mr Paul Felton Boarder 43 UnM Dealer in Wood-Dust Birmingham

By 1911, Nellie's parents had 12 children, 7 of which had died.
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Nellie married Arthur Knibbs in 1912.

Sources for Nellie M YATES:

  1. Personal Contact with Harold Albert Knibbs,
  2. FreeBMD, gave surname 
  3. 1911 British Census,
  4. 1939 Register,

Notes for Sylvia D KNIBBS:

Sources for Sylvia D KNIBBS:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983