Sidney KNIBBS, son of Henry Theodore BURT and Agnes Ellen BAXTER , was born bet. January and February, 1864 in St George in the East, London, Middlesex, England. He married Alice WASTELL 11 September 1888 in Shoreditch, London, Middlesex, England. He died 31 May 1911 in Westminster, London, Middlesex, England. Alice WASTELL, daughter of William WASTELL and Eliza CUSHWAY , was born bet. January and March, 1865 in Bethnall Green, London, Middlesex, England. She died UNKNOWN.

Children of Sidney KNIBBS and Alice WASTELL are:
1. Victoria Gladys KNIBBS, b. 07 February 1901 See George Lawrence FINUCANE & Victoria Gladys KNIBBS
2. Florence KNIBBS, b. 05 April 1898
3. Alice KNIBBS, b. 21 November 1888
4. Grace KNIBBS, b. 30 July 1890 See Frank H St. C HAWKINS & Grace KNIBBS
5. Ada KNIBBS, b. 25 May 1892
6. Sidney Edwin KNIBBS, b. 16 September 1893
7. Henry Theodore KNIBBS, b. 26 September 1895

Marriage Notes for Sidney KNIBBS\Alice WASTELL:

Sydney and his brother Walter Knibbs married the sisters Alice and Eliza Wastell.

Notes for Sidney KNIBBS:

Sidney's father, Henry Theodore Knibbs isn't strictly a member of the Knibbs family. His parents were John and Ann BURT so his real name is Henry Theodore BURT. Henry's mother was widowed and then married Francis Knibbs (1793-1856).
Henry married as Henry Theodore BURT but at a later date, he assumed the surname KNIBBS.

Sidney and his family can be seen in 1891 living with his wife Alice and two daughters Alice and Grace at the home of his father, Henry at 9 Little Coram Street, St George, London, Middlesex. The household seems a little mixed and a struggle to understand who is who.
Henry Knibbs Head Widr 63 Beerseller Somersetshire
Sydney Knibbs Son M 26 Manager St George's East
Alice Knibbs Wife M 26 Middlesex
Alice Knibbs Dau 2 Bloomsbury, London
Grace Knibbs Dau 8 Bloomsbury, London
Lizzie Knibbs Wife M 56 Middlesex
Walter Knibbs Son 9 Middlesex
Alice M Dau 6 Bloomsbury, London
Eleanor Knibbs Dau 5 Bloomsbury, London
Frank G Knibbs Son 2 Bloomsbury, London
Herbert Knibbs Son 20 PO Sorter Homerton

Herbert Knibbs was Sydney's brother.

From the East London Observer - 16 February 1901:
I, SIDNEY KNIBBS, now residing at " The St. George " Beerhouse, 83, Commercial- road, in the Parish of St. Mary, Whitechapel, in the County of London, and six months last past having resided there, and at 7. Assam street, in the Parish aforesaid, in the County aforesaid, and during such six months carrying on the business of a Beer Retailer. do give notice that it is my intention to apply at the General Annual Licensing Meeting, to be holden at the Shoreditch Town Hall Old street, Shoreditch, in and for the Tower Division, in the Uninty of London, on the Fourth day of March next ensuing, or at some adjournment thereof, for the renewal of a Certificate or License authorising me to apply for and hold an Excise License or Licenses to sell by retail, Beer, Cider, and Perry, to be consumed on the premises in pursuance of the II. G. 4, and I. W. 4. cap. 64, and Acts amending the same, and also in pur-suance of the " Wine and Beerhouse Act, 1869," and the - Wine and Beerhouse Act Amendment Act, 1870," in the house and premises thereunto belonging, situate and being No. 33, Commercial road, in the Parish of Saint Mary, Whitechapel, in the County of London, rented by me of Messrs. Taylor, Waller and Company, of the Brewery, Limehouse, and now in my occupation, by way of extension to, and in conjunction with, additional premises adjoining eastward of the said licensed premises on the north side of Commercial road, having a frontage of thirteen feet three inches to Commercial road. and upon which I intend to build addi-tional premises in accordance with plans deposited with the Justices, and which I intend to keep as a house for the sale of Beer, to be consumed on the premises. Given under my hand this Seventh day of February, One Thousand Nine Hundred and One.


Sidney can be seen in 1901 living at 33 Commercial Road, Whitechapel, London, Middlesex, England, but with no other Knibbs family members, although the census identifies that he is married. Based on the previous newspaper article, I believe Sidney had moved into the recently acquired "St. George" Beerhouse, 83, Commercial- road, in the Parish of St. Mary, Whitechapel whilst Alice and the children remained at their previous address at Assam Street.
Sydney Knibbs 37 London London Whitechapel Beer Retailer

His wife and children are listed in the census but living at 7 Assam Street, Whitechapel, London, Middlesex.

Living in the house next door (Assam Street) as a boarder was Sydney's brother Alfred:
Alice Knibbs 36 Wife (husband absent) Bethnal Green London
Alice Knibbs 12 Dau Scholar Bloomsbury London
Grace Knibbs 10 Dau Bloomsbury London
Ada Knibbs 8 Dau Bloomsbury London
Sydney E 7 Son Bloomsbury London
Florence Knibbs 2 Dau Plastow London
Victoria G Knibbs 2mnths Dau Whitechapel London

In 1910, Sidney was running the White Hart Public House at 65 Medland Street, Ratcliffe

In 1911 we can see Sidney living at 65 Medland Street, Ratcliffe, Stepney, London, Middlesex. It was identified as a Public House.
Sidney Knibbs Head 47 Married Licenced Victualler St George East London
Alice Knibbs Wife 46 Married (22 years) Bethnel Green London
Alice Knibbs Daughter 22 Single Theatrical Profession Bloomsbury London
Grace Knibbs Daughter 20 Single Theatrical Profession Bloomsbury London
Ada Knibbs Daughter Single 18 Single Theatrical Profession Bloomsbury London
Sidney Edwin Knibbs Son 17 Clerk Art Publisher Bloomsbury London
Florence Knibbs Daughter 12 School Plaistow London
Victoria Gladys Knibbs Daughter 10 At School London Whitechapel

Alice had 7 children but one died before 1911.

Sidney senior died shortly after the 1911 census, aged just 47 years.

Knibbs Sidney of The White Heart Public House 65 Medland-street Ratcliff Middlesex died 31 May 1911 at the Middlesex Hospital Mortimer-street Middlesex Administration London 16 June to Alice Knibbs widow Effects £327 0s. 8d.

Sources for Sidney KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2., England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
  4. FreeBMD, identified pre-Sep 1917 
  5. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  6. 1901 British Census,
  7. - Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921,
  9. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Alice WASTELL:

Sources for Alice WASTELL:

  1. 1891 British Census, 1891 British Census gave her 1st name 
  2. FreeBMD,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Florence KNIBBS:

Sources for Florence KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave West Ham District 
  3. Death Register,
  4. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Alice KNIBBS:

See Alice's Baptismal Registration


From the Tower Hamlets Independent and East End Local Advertiser - 14 October 1905:
A most successful concert was given in the People's Palace, on Monday evening, on behalf of the Branch Fund, Lodges I, 1, 29, etc., of the Loyal United Friends. The admirable organisation of the Committee, resulted in an unusually large audience, and the success of the effort will no doubt lead to its repetition at an early date. The programme was what is known as of the Variety order. and included many excellent turns. Especially pleasing was the fine tenor singmg of Mr. B. Ansell, Mr. B. Johnson, and Mr. J. Hartman. Madame Sylvester proved an accomplished soprano vocalist. Mr. Will Base, Mr. A. Buck, and Mr. George Malvern excelled as descriptive singers. Miss Alice Knibbs, Miss Ada Knibbs, Mr. Wel Ougles, Mr. Dave Shirlock, Messrs. Hanks and Kings, and Mr. W. Branch were responsible for the lighter part of the programme, which also included a fine display of "living pictures," by Raymond's Vivagraph and Bio-Tableaux. Mr. Bert Pickett was the acconipanist and solo-pianist.

Sources for Alice KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Ada KNIBBS:

See Ada's Baptismal Registration

Sources for Ada KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Baptism Certificate,
  4. - Edwardes/Bird Family Tree,

Notes for Sidney Edwin KNIBBS:

See Sidney's Baptismal Registration


Sidney enlisted in the army at Hornsey, Middlesex.

In Memory of

TF/243003, 1st Bn., Middlesex Regiment who died age 24 on 26 September 1917
Son of Alice Knibbs, of 53, Parkhurst Rd., Holloway, London, and the late Sidney Knibbs.

Remembered with honour at Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.

Sidney's name is recorded for posterity at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in his memory.

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

Sources for Sidney Edwin KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD,
  3. Baptism Certificate,
  4. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Henry Theodore KNIBBS:

Sources for Henry Theodore KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,
  2. Deceased Online,