John Richard KNIBBS, son of Robert KNIBBS and Ruth SMITH , was born 1895 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth May JAMES 03 September 1917 in Llanbradach, Glamorganshire, Wales. He died bet. July and September, 1955 in Glamorgan District East, Glamorganshire, Wales. Elizabeth May JAMES was born 03 January 1898 in Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, Wales. She died bet. January and March, 1980 in Merthyr Tydfil District, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Children of John Richard KNIBBS and Elizabeth May JAMES are:
1. Violet May KNIBBS, b. 25 September 1917 See Frederick J COPELAND & Violet May KNIBBS
2. Amy Ceridwen KNIBBS, b. 27 May 1920 See John BAINBRIDGE & Amy Ceridwen KNIBBS
3. Kenneth R J KNIBBS, b. 14 June 1922
4. Dilys J W KNIBBS, b. 25 November 1924 See Thomas J WILLIAMS & Dilys J W KNIBBS
5. Mary A KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1930 See William H RICHARDS & Mary A KNIBBS
6. Herbert Oswald KNIBBS, b. Private See Herbert Oswald KNIBBS & Maureen E GANDERTON OR Herbert Oswald KNIBBS & Winifred H ACKLAND
7. Clifford James KNIBBS, b. Private See Clifford James KNIBBS & Suzanne STREET OR Clifford James KNIBBS & Mair SMITH

Marriage Notes for John Richard KNIBBS\Elizabeth May JAMES:

Notes for John Richard KNIBBS:

Also known as: Jack

John did join the army for a short period but was given a medical discharge due to an old elbow injury that he acquired in August 1915 at the Cardiff Colliery.

He was in the regular army up until 9 Jul 1918, at which time he was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps, 350th Reserve Company, RDC,, at Prees Heath, Shropshire, presumably due to his disability.

From the Western Mail - 28 December 1921:
Edward Bamford (22), John Richard Knibbs (25), journeyman; William Robert Knibbs (25)„ carpenter; and Benjamin Baden Knibbs (21), shackler, all of Llambredach, were charged at Caerphilly on Tuesday with having stolen electric batteries, &c., value £1 8s. 8d., the property of the Cardiff Collieries, Llanbradach, between November 1 and December 13. Rumford pleaded guilty and the others not guilty.
Mr. Prosserr (Messrs Kenshole and Prosser, (Aberdare) prosecuted. Mr. C. S. Goodfellow defended the Knibbees.
It was stated is evidence by Police-sergeant Phillips that defendants all lived in the same house, in Church-street, LLanbradach. Rumford was a lodger. Witness had received complaints of bombs going off in the garden, and the colliery company had been mining large quantities of blast fibre from the quarries. Witness bad heard of these explosion., and went in company with Police-sergeant Davies to Church-street on the 13th.
William Robert Knibbs and Rumford were on the doorstep. Police-sergeant Davies explained to them that they were inquiring about a gun and some powder. William Robert produced a gun and some powder, When witness was passing through the kitchen Rumford grabbed something from beneath the stairs and put it under his coat and ran out through the back way. They were unable to catch him.
In the little room beneath the stairs witness found a quantity of fuse produced. William Hobert and John Knibbs said they knew nothing about it. Witness continueded to search and found six batteries, a porus pot, a length of cable, and a chisel. He drew the attention of the Knibbess to this, and they said they knew nothing at all about it.
Witness took possession of the goods and on the 16th arrested Rumford at the colliery lamp-room. At the police-station he charged him with the offences. Rumford replied, I admit stealing six batteries and fuse, but did not steal the porus pot, the electric cable, or the chisel." He made no reply regarding the powder. Later witness arrested the brothers Knibbs and conveyed them to Caerphilly Police-station, and the four persons were jointly tried.
Witness produced a long signed statement by Bumford. In this Bumford alleged that the porus pot was brought home by Ben Knibbs and placed under the stairs. He had seen Benjamin Knibbs and Jack Knibbs bring lengths of cable home from the colliery. He had seen Jack Knibbs stripping the electric cable to make shoe laces.
Replying. to the charge John Robert Knibbs said, "I know nothing about
the batteries or the stripping of the cable." The other two said they knew nothing about it.
Mr. C. S. Goodfellow submitted that there was no evidence against John Knibbs. His instructions were that Bumford was turned out of his home and lived "rough" in the mountains. During the inclement weather, out of sympathy, Mrs. Knibbs took him in and gave him a home against the wishes of her sons. There could be no doubt that some of the articles mentioned had been brought to the house by Bumford. The boy Benjamin Knibbs admitted having been up the mountain with Bumford, but he denied having had earthing to do with the actual theft of things. His (Mr. Goodfellow's) conclusion was that Bumford was roughing it up on the mountain and having nothing to do he took the things home. Mention had been made of a gun given to him by his uncle but had always had a licence for it.
Mr. Goodfellow did not call any of the defendants and Superiatendent Williams said that there was nothing known previously against them.
The Chairman (Mr. W. Ware) pointed out that there was a good deal of theft from the collieries going on. He regarded Bumford as the worst offender. He would be fined £3 and the others £2 each.


We see John, Elizabeth and children Kenneth and Dilys, living at 23 Howard Crescent, Billingham, Durham, at the time of the 1939 Register.

John is believed to have died in the East Glamorgan District, not necessarily Glamorgan itself.

Sources for John Richard KNIBBS:

  1. Sulgrave Methodist Register,
  2. 1881 Census frrom Alan Mumford,
  3. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives Banbury District, 2Qtr1895 
  4. Personal Contact with Fionna Knibbs,
  5. 1939 Register,
  6. 1901 British Census,
  7., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  8. 1911 British Census,
  9. Military Record,
  10. Newspaper Article,

Notes for Elizabeth May JAMES:

Sources for Elizabeth May JAMES:

  1. Personal Contact with Fionna Knibbs,
  2., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 

Notes for Kenneth R J KNIBBS:

I'm not sure what caused Kenneth's early death, but the 1939 Register shows alongside his employment status that he was incapacitated with Drought Illness.

I believe Drought Illness is a type of cerebral palsy (movement disorder) that affects the muscles around the mouth and throat. This causes problems with swallowing, feeding, talking, dribbling and other actions controlled by these muscles, such as coughing, nose-blowing, kissing and cryin

Sources for Kenneth R J KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Fionna Knibbs,
  2., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  3. 1939 Register,