Gerald Kneebone (1890–1983)


Derbyshire Yeomanry 2990 3/1st Battalion
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 20067 & 307581 5th & 1/8th Battalions

Photo courtesy Cynthia Weight

Gerald Kneebone in WW1

Gerald Needham Albarn, born in 1890 at Crich, became the adopted son of John and Emily Kneebone and was then known as Gerald Kneebone. He attested at Derby in November 1915, a twenty-five year old grocer living at Tor View, Crich. In December 1916 he was transferred from the Derbyshire Yeomanry into the Sherwood Foresters, entering France a few days later. In November 1917 he was awarded a good conduct badge and was demobbed to Lodge Hall Farm, Wingfield Park in February 1919. Gerald married Ellen Shelton at Pentrich in December 1916.

Newspaper Report

Ripley and Heanor News 15 December 1916
The marriage was solemnised at Pentrich Church last Thursday between Trooper Gerald KNEEBONE, of Crich, of the Derbyshire Yeomanry and Miss Nellie SHELTON, youngest daughter of Mr R SHELTON, of Lodge Hill Farm. The bridegroom, who is in training in County Cork, and is expecting shortly to go out to France was in civil life manager at the Loscoe branch of the Co-operative Society.

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

Army Service Record
He attested at Derby 19 November 1915, address Tor View Crich; a grocer aged 25 years 3 days; height 5ft 5½in; weight 132lb; he was C of E. His father was John Kneebone of Tor View Crich. His next of kin was his wife Ellen Kneebone (née Shelton) married 07 December 1916 at Pentrich, address Lodge Hall Farm, Wingfield Park.
19.11.15 Attested
19.11.15 Embodied 3/1st Derbyshire Yeomanry
21.12.16 Transferred to 5th Sherwood Foresters
25.12.16 Embarked Folkstone to Calais
19.11.17 Awarded Good Conduct Badge
14.02.19 Demobbed to Lodge Hall Farm, Wingfield Park


1901: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Kneebone Head 40 Gritstone quarryman Crich
Emily Kneebone wife 37   Kaythorpe, Notts
Gerald Kneebone adopted son 10   Crich
Edward Bennett boarder (wdwr) 35 Railway Clerk Derby
Frederick Bennett boarder 13   Derby
George Ferguson boarder 26 Railway Clerk Derby

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Kneebone Head 51 Gardener domestic Crich
Emily Kneebone wife 47   Kaythorpe, Notts
Gerald Kneebone son 20 Shop assistant, grocers Crich
George Vincent Ferguson boarder 36 Clerk Derby

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1939 Register: 22 Norcot Road, Reading
Gerald Kneebone b.17 November 1890;, labourer, postmaster & grocer
Ellen Kneebone b.22 February 1892; post office assistant
three closed records