Percy Robert KNOWLES


KNOWLES, Percy Robert

Service Number: 1666
Enlisted: 10 April 1916
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Lindfield, Sydney, Australia, February 1894
Home Town: Lindfield, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Pneumonia & Nephritis, Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England, 30 January 1918
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1666, 36th Infantry Battalion
13 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1666, 36th Infantry Battalion
13 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1666, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
9 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
26 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
30 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
30 Jan 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 1666, 9th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 23 and the son of Robert Walter and Alice Knowles; husband of Gladys Mary Knowles, of Risdon Farm, Beaworthy, Devon, England.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 30th January........Percy Robert Knowles was born at Arncliffe, Sydney, NSW in 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10th April, 1916 as a 22 year old, married, Carpenter from Lindfield, Sydney, NSW.

Private Knowles arrived in England on 9th July, 1916 for further training then proceeded overseas to France for active duty on 21st November, 1916. He was promoted to Corporal on 26th December, 1916, vice Corporal Gearty killed.

Corporal Knowles was promoted to Sergeant from 30th June, 1917.
Sergeant Knowles was on leave to England from 5th November, 1917. While on leave in England he was admitted to Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire on 3rd December, 1917 “seriously ill” - cause - N.Y.D. (not yet determined).

Sergeant Percy R. Knowles died at 3.55 a.m. on 30th January, 1918 from Pneumonia & Nephritis. He was buried in Compton Chamberlayne War Graves Cemetery where 27 other WW1 Australian soldiers are buried.…