A Good WW1 Naval group to a rear Admiral, D.S.O. for service on Destroyers, M.I.D for the evacuation of Gallipoli. Cuxhaven Raid, Battles of Dogger Bank, Jutland. WW2 Convoy Commodore, sunk once by air attack and later torpedoed.
WW1 Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star trio with MID oakleaf, 1939-1945, Atlantic Stars, BWM and 1911 Coronation Medal to Rear Admiral George Herbert Knowles (Lt Commr on Star, Commr on pair, rest un-named as issued,
Rear Admiral George Herbert Knowles was born on the 20th November 1881.
For his page on the Dreadnought Project and a detailed list of his commands follow this link – “Dreadnought Project”
His DSO was announced in the London Gazette dated 5th March 1918.:
For service in Destroyer Flotillas in 1917
His MID was announced in the London Gazette dated 14th March 1916:
For services during the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula Dec 1915-Jan 1916.”W” Beach.
Appointed Midshipman 15th April 1898.
2nd Lieutenant 15th October 1901.
Lieutenant 31st December 1903.
Lieutenant Commander 31st December 1911.
Commander 31st December 1915.
Captain 31st December 1921.
Rear Admiral 10th October 1933.
Knowles served on destroyers throughout WW1.
Commanded Lydiard 3rd October 1914 to 3rd May 1916.
Took part in the Cuxhaven Raid 25th December 1914.
Battle of Dogger Bank 23rd January 1915, and Gallipoli.
Commanded Goshawk of the Battle of Jutland.
Later commanded Rosalind to March 1918, and then Grenville to March 1920.
After WW1 he commanded Douglas, Vampire, Capetown and Cornwall.
He retired in 1933.
Being recalled for service in WW2 and served as a Convoy Commodore, R.N.R. His ship MV Apapa was sunk by German Aircraft in the North Atlantic on the 15th November 1940, whilst part of Convoy SL.53.
On November 15, 1940, SS Apapa was struck by four or five bombs from an attack by a single 4 engined German Bomber, believed to be a FW200 Kondor aircraft. She dropped astern of the convoy enveloped in black smoke pouring from her after portion. She sank at 12:00 hours in position 54.34N, 16.47W (200 miles E of Achill Head, Co. Mayo), out of sight of the convoy but attended by rescue vessels. There were two hundred and twenty-nine survivors including the master, Capt. Davies, but five passengers and eighteen crew members perished. Nineteen are commemorated on Tower Hill, Panel 9.
His Ship Athel Viscount was torpedoed during ON 75.
Knowles died aged 79 in 1961.
With large file of copied research including service papers, LGs, typed history, WW2 Commodore & Convoy details, death certificate, navy lists etc.
Medals – Court mounted for display, very fine and better, stars gilded.