Joseph Knowles


Royal Garrison Artillery
175528 3/1st Battalion

Photo Lea Mills postcard

Joseph Knowles in WW1

Joseph Knowles received three months exemption in March 1917 then joined the forces on 21st July, 1917 aged 35 years. He was at Hatton Park training as a signaller.
Sadly in August 1917 his son Charles Knowles died, aged eight, under tragic circumstances. Whilst playing with a friend he was pocked in the ear with a stick which caused brain injury from which he died. This was fully reported in the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 10 August 1917.
After the war he returned to work at Lea Mills.

Medal Card Index
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Letters to JB Marsden-Smedley

The Green, Holloway
Dear Sirs
I beg to acknowledge the receipt of parcel of hosiery, thanking you for same,
I am
yours respectfully
Gunner J Knowles

Hipswell Camp
To Mr. JB & AS Marsden-Smedley
I beg to acknowledge receipt of parcel you so kindly sent me, & for which, kindly accept my thanks.  I am going on allright here, we get good food & more than is to be got in civil life, according to what I hear from home.  I have passed out first class as a signaller from Halton Park, & came to here a month ago.  I am expecting to get posted to a Battery tomorrow, if so I shall only be here another week, then I shall very likely go to Aldershot to go through the shoot with the Battery. I have not seen a gun so far while I have been in the army.  We have  very good instructors here, our work is chiefly with Telephones, & Lamps, we only have a 6 hour day here, so we are not overworked.  There is not a deal to be seen here, only fields & trees, we are about 2 miles from the nearest place, which is Richmond a small market town, & is built on the slope of a big hill.  I must now draw to a close, again thanking you
I am
Gnr J Knowles 175528
Hut 46 ASC Lines, "A" Seige Depot R.G.A., Hipswell Camp, Catterick, Yorkshire



1901: Bonsall

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick Knowles Head 53 Machine hosiery weaver Wessington
Hannah Knowles wife 55   Bonsall
Joseph Knowles son 17 Machine hosiery weaver Bonsall

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1911: 5 The Row Lea

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Knowles Head 27 Framework knitter, hosiery factory Bonsall
Alice Maud Knowles wife 24   Holoway
Charles Knowles son 2   Lea Wood

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