KNOWLES, Arthur Gordon
(Service number 49632)

First Rank Sapper Last Rank


Date 28 March 1885 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Occupation Coach builder
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs G. KNOWLES (mother), Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 39th Reinforcements, Engineers
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Coach builder


Date 10 June 1958 Age 73 years
Place of Death London, England
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery - memorial?
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 140, Plot 232
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Arthur Gordon Knowles was the fourth son of George Du Rose Knowles and Charlotte Knowles née Taylor. Along with his siblings, Arthur was educated at Waimataitai School. He married Martha Helen Belcher in 1936 in New Zealand. Ellen, as she was known, died in 1965 and is buried in the Timaru Cemetery. Arthur's name is inscribed on the headstone. His brother Frederick Oswin Knowles also served in World War I, and their youngest brother, Percy Timaru Knowles, was called up.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 November 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 November 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [14 November 2019]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [15 November 2019]

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