James Henry KNIBBS, son of Helen KNIBBS , was born bet. January and March, 1893 in Foleshill District, Warwickshire, England. He married Rosella HARRIS bet. January and March, 1916 in Foleshill District, Warwickshire, England. He died 22 August 1917 in Ypres, Belgium. Rosella HARRIS was born 23 November 1893 in Foleshill, Warwickshire, England. She died June 1981 in Northumberland Central District, Northumberland, England.

Marriage Notes for James Henry KNIBBS\Rosella HARRIS:

This marriage is so far conjectured. James Knibbs was from Bedworth which is next to Foleshill in Warwickshire where the marriage took place. James was killed in 1917, and Rosella Knibbs remarried in 1920.

Other Marriages/Unions for Rosella HARRIS:
See William T GARNER & Rosella HARRIS

Notes for James Henry KNIBBS:

KNIBBS, James, Died: 22-Aug-1917Private, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Bn., Service# 10728, Location: Tyne Cot Memorial
Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium, Panel 96 to 98.

In Memory of
10728, 2nd/4th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
who died on 22 August 1917 Remembered with honour
Killed in Action

I suspect that the timing of James' death indicates that he was almost certainly killed during what is known as the Third Battle of Ypres - Passchendaele
On 31st July 1917, behind the newly mastered creeping barrage, the allied troops climbed out of the their trenches along the whole front line, from Boesinghe in the North to Le Gheer in the South, and advanced towards the German forces. The enemy’s first line was quickly taken (the Germans had adapted the scheme of defence in depth, which consisted of a thinly defended front line of machine gun outposts and strongly more heavily defended support line) and the British pushed forward about one mile before meeting much stiffer resistance. Later in the afternoon the advance was stopped and pushed back in places by a carefully coordinated counter attack by specially trained troops. However a worse enemy was afoot, the worst weather for 75 years, which turned the whole battlefield into a quagmire, the whole attack was stalled until 10th August.

It is estimated that Third Ypres cost the Allies about 300,000 casualties (35 men for every metre gained – many of them were lost to the mud of Flanders and have no known grave, only to be commemorated on the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot Memorials to the missing) and the Germans a further 260,000 casualties.

We believe this is the James Henry Knibbs that appears as being born in Foleshill District, Warwickshire, Jan-Mar 1893.

From the City of Coventry Roll of the Fallen: The Great War 19014-1918:
KNIBBS, JAMES, Pte., 2/4th Bn., Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Born at Bedworth; resided at Foleshill. Killed in action, Frace 22nd August, 1917.


James is buried at Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) Province, Belgium.

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

Sources for James Henry KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,

Notes for Rosella HARRIS:

Rosella's name appears in the birth register sa Rosalia Harris, born in Foleshill District.

In 1901, Rosella's family were living at Aldermans Green, Foleshill, Warwickshire:
James Harris Head Mar 47 Coal Weighman Oxford Banbury
Catherine Harris Wife Mar 48 Warwick Foleshill
Herbert A Harris Son UnM 21 Filler (Under Ground) Warwick Foleshill
John W Harris Son UnM 18 Horse Driver (Under Ground) Warwick Foleshill
Florence K Harris Daur 15 UnM Wool Winder Warwick Foleshill
Emma Harris Daur 14 Warwick Foleshill
Matilda M Harris Daur 10 Warwick Foleshill
Rosella Harris Daur 7 Warwick Foleshill

In 1911, Rosella was still living at Aldermans Green, Coventry, Warwickshire:
Catherine Harris Head Wid 57 Warwick Foleshill
Herbert Arthur Harris Son UnM 32 Miner Hewer Warwick Foleshill
Emma Harris Daur 24 UnM Silk Mills Warwick Foleshill
Rosella Harris Daur 17 UnM Silk Mills Warwick Foleshill

Sources for Rosella HARRIS:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1983 (Beta) 
  2. GRO England & Wales, Death register gace DOB