Henry R KNIBBS, son of William Thomas KNIBBS and Emily Elizabeth SOEN , was born bet. April and June, 1891 in Small Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Emily Elizabeth SMITH 18 April 1914 in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He died 21 April 1918 in Flanders, Belgium. Emily Elizabeth SMITH was born 07 April 1892 in Aston District, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She died bet. January and March, 1973 in Birmingham District, Warwickshire, England.

Children of Henry R KNIBBS and Emily Elizabeth SMITH are:
1. Emily Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1915

Marriage Notes for Henry R KNIBBS\Emily Elizabeth SMITH:

Other Marriages/Unions for Emily Elizabeth SMITH:
See George Lewis HOOPER & Emily Elizabeth SMITH

Notes for Henry R KNIBBS:

Henry appears in the 1901 census, age 9, living at Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire with his parents and siblings.

We know from his srvice record that Henry served in France. He was wounded in 1916, then gassed twice in June 1917 and twice in July 1917. He went missing in action on 30 Nov, 1917, and was later reported as a Prisoner Of War in Germany, on 22 Jan, 1918.

No: R/117343
10th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
died on Sunday, 21st April 1918
Age 26

Theatre of War:France and Flanders
Grave reference: II. H. 10.

Additional Information: Son of Mr. W. T. and Mrs. E. E. Knibbs; husband of Emily Elizabeth Hooper (formerly Knibbs), of 14, Robert Rd., Small Heath, Birmingham.
[Brother of William Frederick KNIBBS]
Born:Small Heath, Birmingham

From the Birmingham Post, Monday 19 June 1916:
Knibbs (17343), H., Small Heath; (1322), H., Sally Oak. WOUNDED. SHOCK (SHELL). ROYAL ENGINEERS.

I believe the above newpaper repor is in indication of how long it took for information to be passed back from the front lines to home. The report in the Birmingham Post listed Harry as being amongst a number of men who had been wounded, yet he had lost his life in battle 2 months before the article was published.

From the Birmingham Mail, Monday 21 April 1941:
KNIBBS.—In loving memory dear sons, Henry (K.R.R.), died while prisoner of war April 21, 1918; also William Frederick (Rifle Brigade).


Henry is buried at Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension, Tournai, Hainaut Province, Belgium, Plot: II. H. 10.

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

Sources for Henry R KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives just Henry 
  2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 gave Aston District 
  4. 1911 British Census,
  5. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937,
  6. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,

Notes for Emily Elizabeth SMITH:

Also known as: Emily Elizabeth Smith

Sources for Emily Elizabeth SMITH:

  1. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
  2. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937,
  3. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Emily Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Emily died aged at just 1 year.

See Emily's Death Certificate

Sources for Emily Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,
  2. Death Certificate,