George KNOWLES
Rank: Private
Number: 266499
Unit: 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 6 July 1917
Age: 25
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

George had been born in the Portwood area of Stockport, the son of James and Francis. He was married and had a child. They lived at 54 Brady Street, Stockport which may have been his parents address. He worked at Vernon Spinning Mill.

He enlisted in the army, probably during 1915, and had an original service number of 3968. His brother, Willie, also served in the army and is thought to have survived the War.

An army chaplain wrote to Mrs Knowles saying "Your husband was wounded in the head and arm. He lived for a few hours but was unconscious and passed away quite peacefully."

It cannot be said for certain exactly when George was wounded. Members of the Battalion carried out a raid on 5 July described in the unit's History:-

"In the early hours of July 5th a party of four officers and 133 other ranks (including ten R.E.s) raided the Caliban Trench and support trench, which were situated opposite the Hill Top Sector, Ypres. The object was to kill and capture as many of the enemy as possible, to destroy the enemy's defences, and secure information. In spite of strenuous opposition all objectives were achieved and information of considerable value obtained. Dugouts were destroyed and five prisoners taken. Two Military Crosses and four Military Medals were awarded for this raid."

From the Chaplain's letter, it is more likely that he was wounded the day he died. The History notes that on 6 July, the front line was attacked by enemy aircraft and three men were killed and eleven wounded. George may have been one of the eleven. Certainly he was at a Casualty Clearing Station, some miles behind the front line when he died. He is buried in the adjacent cemetery.

After the War, his wife had married again  - to a Mr Pickersgill - and they were living at 10 Colonial Road, Heaviley.

   
           
   
     
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