Harry Wilfred Knowles (1877-1917)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- KNOWLES, HARRY WILFRED, MC. Lieutenant. 1st, attached 11th, Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Born 4.8.1877. Son of Richard and Margaret Knowles, of Kirkburton. Lived 61 Ashbrow Road, Fartown, Huddersfield. Served in China, South Africa and India. Was serving with the 1st Indian Cavalry Division and, when war broke out in August 1914, immediately sailed for France. Wounded twice.
- Awarded the Military Cross for 'conspicuous gallantry in action. With a party of men he cut eight lanes through the barbed wire in order to assist the infantry advance. Later he carried out several daring patrols, and obtained most valuable information.' (London Gazette, 25th November, 1916).
- Killed in action, 8.6.1917, aged 39 years. Buried RAILWAY DUGOUTS (TRANSPORT FARM) BURIAL GROUND. Grave location:- Plot 7, Row N, Grave 5.
- ROH:- Christ Church, Woodhouse Hill.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #490020)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #2279412)