Charles Herbert Knowles (1879–1940)


Royal Marines PLY/9126

hms Caesar & Canopus

Photos courtesy Cecil Knowles

Charles Herbery Knowles

Charles was the son of William and Sarah Knowles, born in about 1880 in Ripley.

Temperance hotel in Ripley

Belper Borough Guide of 1910 showing the Temperance Hotel where Charles and his family were living in 1891.

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.

Charles Herbert Knowles and his wife

Charles Herbert Knowles (1879-1940), pictured with his wife, Clare Bond (1881-1972)

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

Newspaper report

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.

hms Canopus

hms Canopus

hms Caesar

hms Caesar


1891: Temperance Hotel, King Street, Belper

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William B Knowles Head 60 Draper Mansfield
Sarah Knowles wife 54   St Leonards on Sea
Arthur Knowles son 19 Farrier Ripley
Charles Knowles son 11 School boy Ripley
Mary Betts servant 16 Drapers assistant Swanwick

RG12 piece 2743 folio 64 page 18

1901: Plymouth, Royal Marines

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Knowles Private 22   Ripley, Derbys

RG13 piece 2103 folio 111 page 25

1911: Bullbridge, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Herbert Knowles Head 31 Train examiner Ripley
Clare Knowles wife 30   Derby
Charles Arthur Knowles son 7   Belper
William Ernest Knowles son 5   Crich
Richard Austin Knowles son 1   Crich
Anne Mary Coleman servant 13   Crich
John Thomas Rodgers boarder 46 Labourer lime works Crich

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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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