Harry Charles KNIBBS, son of George Henry Large KNIBBS and Elizabeth BIRCHLEY , was born 15 March 1900 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. He married Ada Mary PARSONS bet. January and March, 1938 in Oxford District, Oxfordshire, England. He died bet. October and December, 1970 in Chipping Norton District, Oxfordshire, England. Ada Mary PARSONS was born 26 December 1911. She died June 1993 in Oxfordshire West District, Oxfordshire, England.

Children of Harry Charles KNIBBS and Ada Mary PARSONS are:
1. David R H KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1938
2. Kathleen M KNIBBS, b. Private See Pietro John B MINOLI & Kathleen M KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Harry Charles KNIBBS\Ada Mary PARSONS:

Harry appears as Henry in the marriage register.

Notes for Harry Charles KNIBBS:

Also known as: Henry

Harry appears aged 1 year, living at Woodstock, Oxfordshire at the 1901 census.

Harry joined the Royal Navy at HMS Ganges as a Boy Sailor II Class on what appears to be 24 August 1915 and was upgraded to Boy I Class in February 1916. He was promoted from Boy to Ordinary Seaman on 15 March 1918, and from Ordinary to Able Seaman on 1 Feb 1919. That seems to be the highest rating he received during his naval career. His Character and Ability were marked as Very Good (Character) and ranging from Satisfactory, through to Superior and even Exemplary (Ability). He was awarded Good Conduct badges on 15 Mar 1921 and 15 Mar 1926.

On joining he was 5'2½" tall, 34 in chest, brown hair, brown eyes and fresh complexion. He was a Chatham based rating with a service number of J43787.

He was drafted to the following ships and shore establishments:
HMS Ganges 24 August 1915 to 23 May 1916 (Shotley - Boys' Training Establishment)
HMS Victory I 24 May 1916 to 7 Jun 1916 (Portsmouth - Shore Base)
HMS Princess Royal 8 Jun 1916 to 15 May 1919 (Battle Cruiser) [1]
HMS Pembroke 16 May 1919 to 11 Jun 1919 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Europa 12 Jun 1919 to 31 Oct 1919 (Protected Cruiser)
HMS Coreopsis 1 Nov 1919 to 20 Nov 1919 (Drifter Converted to a Q Ship)
HMS Pembroke I 21 Nov 1919 to 15 Aug 1920 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Columbine (Violent) 16 Aug 1920 to 15 Sep 1920 (Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Columbine (Wolfhound) 16 Dec 1920 to 9 Jun 1922 (Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Pembroke I 10 Jun 1922 to 5 Feb 1923 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Columbine (Whitshed) 6 Feb 1923 to 23 Aug 1923 (Destroyer Depot Ship/?)
HMS Pembroke I 23 Aug 1023 to 14 Sep 1924 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Greenwich (Valentine) 15 Sep 1924 to 31 Oct 1925 (Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Egmont II (Valentine) 1 Nov 1925 to 31 Mar 1927 (Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Pembroke II (Valentine) 1 Apr 1927 to 12 May 1927 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Pembroke I 13 May 1927 to 31 May 1927 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Egmont (Valkyrie) 1 Jun 1927 to 18 Sep 1927 (Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Egmont (Valentine) 19 Sep 1927 to 3 Oct 1927 (Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Pembroke I 4 Oct 1927 to 15 Oct 1928 (Chatham - Shore Base)
HMS Egmont (Wanderer) 16 Oct 1928 to 6 Jan 1930(Destroyer Depot Ship/Destroyer)
HMS Pembroke 7 Jan 1930 to 14 Mar 1930

See images of the ships on which he served.

[1] Whilst Harry was part of the crew, HMS Princess Royal was part of covering force at the second Battle of Heligoland bight.

See Harry's Royal Naval Service Record


We see Harry and Ada living at 1 Council Houses, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for Harry Charles KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. Military Registration Card,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  4. 1939 Register,

Notes for Ada Mary PARSONS:

The only Ada M Parson I can see being born in 1911 was one from Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Sources for Ada Mary PARSONS:

  1. Alan Jackson GRO,

Notes for David R H KNIBBS:

Sources for David R H KNIBBS:

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