‘Kriegs gefangenen – sendung’ sent from Privates 9462 John Knowles and 11585 Edward Mathews from Nottingham.

Sent by John Knowles in May 1918 from Chemitz POW Camp
Sent by Edward Mathews to Miss Ord in March 1917 from Soltau POW Camp

John Knowles was born in July 1886 and enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in June 1904 aged 18.

Edward Matthews was born in August 1892 and enlisted into into the Sherwood Foresters in March 1911 aged 19.

Medal Index Card for John Knowles
Medal Index Card for Edward Matthews
Men of the 2nd Battalion training in 1913

John Knowles and Edward Matthews arrived in France with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment on the 8th September 1914. The 2/Sherwood Foresters were part of the 18th Brigade in the 6th Division.

Regimental History of the 1st and 2nd Battalions Sherwood Forester. Event of the 20th October 1914
Map of engagement

Edward Matthews was captured on the 20th October and John Knowles on the 28th October. In total over 480 men of the 2nd Battalion were captured.

Record of Edward Matthews capture on the 20th October 1914
Record of John Knowles capture on 28th October 1914
1914 Medal Roll for the 2nd Battalion showing the number of men made prisoners of War

After returning to England both John and Edward received a Princess Marys Christmas Tin.

Record of John and Edward receiving the Christmas 1914 Tins

John married Florrie and they had three children. he is believed to have died in 1946. It is not know if Edward was married with a family, but he is believed to have died in 1965.

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