Harold Chester Knowles

Harold Chester Knowles

Harold Chester KnowlesHarold enlisted in January 1915, at the age of 21. He served in the 15th Battalion. His father was George Knowles of Tunbridge. Like many of his fellow soldiers, Harold was a labourer before the war.

Harold was deployed on Gallipoli in July 1915 but spend much of his time there sick with dysentrery. In June 1916, he arrived in France and served in a number of units, both at the front and behind the lines. He returned to Australia in 1919, having reached the rank of Corporal.

After the war, Harold returned to Tunbridge and worked as a porter for the railways.

He married Ida Daniels and in 1934, he and Ida move to the Cressy area and later to Launceston. Harold enlisted in WWII along with his two sons Arthur and Bruce.

Harold’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.