Regiment : 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 30193
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 22nd November 1917 aged 32
Buried : Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XV. C. 20.
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Sarah Knowles, 50 Attwood St., Wollescote, Stourbridge
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Wilfred Knowles enlisted in the Worcesters and joined the 1st Battalion. They fought through the 1916 Battle of the Somme and in the Spring of 1917 followed up the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. They took part in the difficult first day of the Third Battle of Ypres and in the 16th August attack at Westhoek. Two months were then spent in a quieter sector at Ploegsteert Wood. They returned to the front line at the shattered village of Passchendaele on the 19-20th November, where Private Wilfred Knowles was seriously wounded. He was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station where he died on the 22nd November.