hms Caesar & Canopus
Photos courtesy Cecil Knowles
Charles was the son of William and Sarah Knowles, born in about 1880 in Ripley.
He enlisted in the Royal Marines in 1895 – much of his service was on board HMS Centurion in China. He was discharged by purchase in 1901 and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve. He married Clare Bond in March qtr 1903 (Belper reg district) and lived at Bullbridge. He re-engaged with the Royal Marines during the war. In late 1914 he was serving on board HMS Canopus in Chile. After his demob the family lived at Darley Dale where he was a railway shunter.
At the time of Charles's death, the family lived on the Darley House Estate at Hackney, Matlock.
Medal Roll Index Cards
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 14-15 Star Medals
Derbyshire Courier, 28 November 1914
In view of the fact that HMS Canopus has probably been the most discussed vessel in the Navy for the past fortnight, owing to the difference is arrival in time would have made to the naval engagement of Chile, when the Monmouth and Good Hope were lost, it is interesting to note that Crich has a representative on the vessel. Mr Chas Knowles, of Bull Bridge, Crich, who is a naval reservist, is serving on the Canopus as a marine. He was transferred recently from the Caesar.
1891: Temperance Hotel, King Street, Belper
|Sarah||Knowles||wife||54||St Leonards on Sea|
RG12 piece 2743 folio 64 page 18
1901: Plymouth, Royal Marines
RG13 piece 2103 folio 111 page 25
1911: Bullbridge, Crich
|Charles Herbert||Knowles||Head||31||Train examiner||Ripley|
|John Thomas||Rodgers||boarder||46||Labourer lime works||Crich|
RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN94
1939 Register: 7 Darley House Estate
Charles H Knowles b.4 October 1879; railway shunter
Clare Knowles b.23 January 1881
William E Knowles b.18 December 1905
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