Knights

 


Richard Atkin Knights (1870–1952) – Stationmaster at Oxenholme

  • born on 11 October 1870 at Ely, Cambridgeshire
  • third of five children born to John Knights (1836-1911) and Rachel Knights nee Atkin (1842-1907)
  • in 1881 living at Holy Trinity, Cambridgeshire, England
  • in 1891, Richard aged 21 was a railway porter boarding at Pemberton, Lancashire
  • married Mary Hall (1872–1937) in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1892
  • Richard and Mary had four children John, Edward, Lillian and James, all born between 1893 and 1900 – see sections for each child later – the first three children were baptised together on 15 March 1896 and the last was baptised there on 9 December 1900
  • in 1896 the family were living at 57 Cambridge Street, Wigan (now demolished) and Richard was a foreman porter
  • by December 1900 the family were living at 20 Kendal Street, Wigan (still standing) and Richard was then a railway platform inspector
  • stationmaster at Oxenholme living in the stationmaster’s house at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911 – mother in law Hannah Hall was staying with them
  • in ‘Recollections of Oxenholme‘, W. L. Harris wrote “The Stationmaster was Mr. Knight, a tall man who seemed to spend most of his time in his office, only appearing on the platform occasionally when one of the more important main-line trains was due.”
  • stationmaster at Carnforth in 1920 aged 50
  • promoted to stationmaster at Tebay in 1922 after 17 years’ service at Oxenholme
  • by 1937, Richard had retired and was living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme
  • wife Mary died on 4 April 1937 aged 65 – they had been married 45 years
  • in September 1939, Richard was living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme with son James, daughter Lillian and her husband Lawrence Shepherd
  • Richard died on 10 December 1952 in Westmorland at the age of 82

Richard’s signature on the census schedule he completed in 1911

 


John Richard Knights (1893–1976)

  • born 8 July 1893 in Wigan, Lancashire
  • baptised on 15 March 1896 at St Catherine’s, Wigan with brother Edward and sister Lillian when living at 57 Cambridge Street
  • living at 20 Kendal Street by December 1900
  • locomotive engine cleaner aged 17 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
  • married Marian Winder (1891-1969) in 1917
  • John and Marian had one son John Richard Knights (1930-1948)
  • railway guard in September 1939 living with wife Marian in her father’s house at 8 Burton Road, Kendal
  • son John died in 1948 aged 18
  • wife Marian died in 1969 aged 77
  • John died in 1976 aged 82

Edward George ‘Ted’ Knights (1894–1942)

  • born on 2 July 1894 in Wigan, Lancashire
  • baptised on 15 March 1896 at St Catherine’s, Wigan with brother John and sister Lillian when living at 57 Cambridge Street
  • living at 20 Kendal Street, Wigan by December 1900
  • apprentice boot maker aged 16 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
  • married Katie Webb (1887-1977) by special licence at St Mark’s, Natland on 15 September 1919
  • Ted and Katie had two children:
    • son Richard Northam Knights (1920-1981) – born 7 June 1920 – aircraft draughtsman in 1939 – married Vera Kathleen Joan Broomfield (1922-1996) in 1945 – sadly one of their two daughters Jane Edwina Knights (1954-1967) died aged 13 following an accident on the road where they lived – Richard patented a number of improvements to aircraft landing gear – Richard died in 1981 – after Richard’s death his widow Vera married Peter Reginald Clarke (1921-2005) in 1982
    • daughter Joan Knights born 23 May 1924 – married Trevor Perry but later divorced – married Frederick Thomas Gribble (1923-1988) in 1986 – Joan died 6 Nov 2007
  • living at Addingley, Hill View Road, Hucclecote near Gloucester by 1939
  • aircraft inspector in 1939 for the Gloster Aircraft Company at Hucclecote
  • Ted died at the Royal Infirmary in Gloucester on 19 July 1942 at the age of 48
  • buried at Hucclecote near Gloucester on 22 July 1942
  • probate granted 13 August 1942 to his widow Katie
  • widow Katie died in 1977

Gloster Aircraft Company of Hucclecote

 

Marriage of Ted’s son Richard to Vera


Lillian Florence Knights (1895-1967)

  • born on 10 September 1895 in Wigan, Lancashire
  • baptised on 15 March 1896 at St Catherine’s, Wigan with brothers John and Edward when living at 57 Cambridge Street
  • living at 20 Kendal Street by December 1900
  • apprentice dressmaker aged 15 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
  • married cycle dealer Lawrence H Shepherd in 1936
  • in September 1939, Lillian and Lawrence were living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme with her father and brother James

James Arthur Knights (1900-1941)

  • born on 20 August 1900 in Wigan, Lancashire
  • baptised on 9 December 1900 at St Catherine’s, Wigan when living at 20 Kendal Street, Wigan
  • aged 10 living with parents at 6 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme on 2 April 1911
  • electrical engineer in September 1939 living at Hillcrest, Oxenholme with his father (and married sister Lilian and her husband)
  • James was involved in a serious road traffic accident at Appleton on 17 April 1941 when his motorcycle was in collision with a lorry
  • sadly he died from his injuries a week later on 25 April 1941 in a Warrington hospital 

Liverpool Evening Express, 25 April 1941


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