KNOWLES, Frederick Oswin
(Service number 24957)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 1 July 1887 Place of Birth Beverley, Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs E. KNOWLES (wife), Woodlands 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 20th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 2 January 1917
Transport Opawa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 14 January 1936 Age 48 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 39, Plot 780
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Frederick Oswin Knowles was the fifth son of George Du Rose Knowles and Charlotte Knowles née Taylor. Along with his siblings, Frederick was educated at Waimataitai School. He married Ella Stevenson on 25 March 1916 at Wellington, when he was in camp at Tretham. Embarking at Tilbury on 12 March 1919 for the return home, he reached Lyttelton, New Zealand by the “Corinthic” in April 1919, one of 1142 soldiers aboard. His brother Arthur Gordon 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]; Timaru Herald, 12 April 1919 (Papers Past) [26 November 2013]

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