William Henry KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Sophia OAKLEY , was born 13 November 1876 in Dallington, Northamptonshire, England. He married Emily CHAMBERS bet. July and September, 1904 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England. He died 26 May 1958 in Northampton District, Northamptonshire, England. Emily CHAMBERS was born 02 October 1880 in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, England. She died 07 September 1966 in Kettering District, Northamptonshire, England.


Children of William Henry KNIBBS and Emily CHAMBERS are:
1. Dorothy Mary KNIBBS, b. 14 September 1906 See William George WHITNEY & Dorothy Mary KNIBBS

Notes for William Henry KNIBBS:


See William's Military Attestation paper from 1900.


William enlisted into the Northampton Regiment on 17 April 1900, aged 21 years and 6 months. He was 5'7" tall and weighed 132 lbs with fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

He served in South Afrtica from 12 May 1900 until 7 January, 1901,

He was discharged on 9 April, 1901, just over a year later in consequence of his own request his services not being further required. On 25 April, 1901, he was awarded the sum of £5 against the account of the South African War Gratuity.
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In 1911, we see William living at Broad Street, Earl's Barton, Northamptonshire with his wife and daughter.
William Henry Knibbs Head 34 Shoe Operative Clicker Northants Dallington
Emily Knibbs Wife 34 Married (6 years) Northants Earls Barton
Dorothy Knibbs Daughter 4 School Northants Earls Barton

Emily had 2 children before 1911 but one had died in infancy.
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From the Northampton Chronicle and Echo - 30 August 1916:
KNIBBS, PTE. WILLIAM HENRY, Northamptonshire Regiment, of Broadstreet, Earls Barton, was wounded by shrapnel in the shoulder on August 22., and is now in a base hospital in France.

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From the Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 November 1938:
Two nominations have been submitted for the position official standard bearer to the Northamptonshire County Council of the British Legion. They are those of Mr. W. H. Knibbs of Earl Barton. and Mr. J. Haycock, of Irchester.
Mt Knibbs served in the South African War and enlisted for service in the Great War, serving with the 1st Northamptonshire Regiment in Salonika. He was complimented by the Marquess of Exeter for his smart appearance on the occasion of a rally held at Peterborough last year.
Mr. Knibbs has acted as standard bearer to the Earls Barton branch of the Legion for many years.
Mr. Maycock served in the 2nd Dragoon Guards in India before the Great War, from which he terminateci his service in 1919. A member of the Irchester General Committee, Mr. Maycock has also acted as branch standard bearer and is well-known for his interest in A.R.P. work.

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We see William and Emily living in the Wellingborough District of Northamptonshire at the time of the 1939 Register.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of William.

Sources for William Henry KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales as William Henry 
  2. 1911 British Census, gave middle name 
  3. 1881 British Census,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 gave Northampton District 
  5. 1939 Register,
  6. Personal Contact with Daryl Chanbers,
  7. 1901 British Census,
  8. Military Attestation Paper,

Notes for Emily CHAMBERS:

In 1881, Emily was living at Tebbutts Yard, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire:
Henry Chanmers Head Mar 20 No Occ
Rhoda Chambers Wife Mar 23 Earls Barton Northampton
Emily Chambers Daur 6m Earls Barton Northampton
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Emily married William Knibbs in 1904.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Emily.

Sources for Emily CHAMBERS:

  1. 1911 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave Wellingborough District 
  3. 1939 Register,
  4. Personal Contact with Daryl Chanbers,
  5. GRO England & Wales,