Private George Knapman
|Regiment:||Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 1st Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||1896Born Kenn||Date of Death:||24/04/1917|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||KNAPMAN G. PTE. RL DUBN FUS.|
George's military record suggests that he may first have joined the Devonshire Regiment (quoted in UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War) and then the Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Private no 50483. Later he transferred to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 1st Battalion, as Private 40392. His Medal Roll Index Card only refers to the two latter regiments.
The regiment was involved in the Battle of Arras in April 1917 and the Arras Memorial contains his name among many others.
Association with Dawlish
George was the son of John William Edward Arthur Knapman (1865-1945) and Amy Endacott (1866 - ). They had four children, Maurice (1893- ), John (1895- ), Dora A (1896- ) and George (b St Thomas district, 1896, Oct-Dec, Vol 5b, page 70).
John W E A Knapman was born in SouthTawton and was the son of a farmer. He married Amy Endacott (born in Throwleigh) in 1892 and was the manager of a cider store, which the census record has altered to “Pub”. In 1901 the family was living at Houndspool, West Dawlish but they moved to be at 46 High Street in 1911. Prior to joining up George was in the ironmongery trade, with Mr J Shapter (see Dawlish Gazette report in Documents, below).
|Devon Roll of Honour||Knapman, George, Pte, R Dublin Fus, 24 April 1917, France|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Father, John William Edward Arthur Knapman|
|Last Known Address:||46 High Street, Dawlish|
|George Knapman, brief life|
|George Knapman - service history|
|George Knapman - Dawlish Gazette|
|Tribute by Rev Roger Whitehead at centenary service of Remembrance|
Text provided by Sheila Ralls, among documents
Birth Marriage Death records
Refs via subscription site Ancestry:
Medal Rolls Index Card
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects
Ireland, Casualties of the Great War