Ernest Knowles was born in Edgworth in 1892, the son of Ralph Knowles and Elizabeth Ann Yates. In 1911 Ernest and his father were both working as labourers in the local Calico Print Works, and the family were living at 17 Bolton Road, Edgworth. Unfortunately no war record has been found for Ernest, but he must have enlisted with The 8th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at the beginning of the war (Service No. 17605). Sadly Ernest Knowles died on 7th November 1915 whilst serving in France. He was posthumously awarded The British War and Victory Medals.2
Service Number: 17605
Date of Birth: 1892
Date of Death: 1915
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