Chatteris WW1 Soldier John Norman Knowles (43369) Chatteris Remembers Biography
Name: John Norman Knowles Battalion, No: He was in the 7th battalion Bedfordshire regiment and his number was 43369 Died: He died on the 27th September 1916 John was born in 1895 probably the daughter of Rose Norman who was living with her parents in Wimblington in 1901. At the time of the census in 1911 he was 15 years old and working as a farm worker and servant in Doddington. He wasn’t married and he didn’t have kids. Anyway that is a very young age to get married or have children. When he joined the army he got given a number of the battalion he was in ,the 7th battalion and his number was 43369. He was in the Bedfordshire Regiment. When John was in the war his rank was a private. Unfortunately, he died in action on the 27th of September 1916. He died in France and Flanders. On that day the Bedfordshire Regiment was involved in the very important capture of the village of Thiepval on the Somme. 2 Officers and 110 Other Ranks were killed in the successful attack, John Knowles is listed as one of those that died. His body was not found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, near to where he fell. Project File contains: • CWGW certificate • Census 1911 • ”Soldiers Died’ • Photo of his name on memorial • Extract from 7th Beds. diary, which includes his name as one who died in the Thiepval attack
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