The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant D J V Knott


Photograph by "Danielle"

Second Lieutenant Donald James Vivian KNOTT,  12th Battalion attached 11th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  7th October 1916.

1891, born Camberwell, son of Mr A B Knott.

1911 Census - 38 Penerley Road, Catford, Lewisham - Alfred B Knott, head, age 46, married, bank clerk, worker, born Camberwell, London; Margaret Isabel Frames Knott, wife, age 46, married 24 years, 4 children, 3 still alive, born Worcester; Donald James V Knott, son, age 20, single, bank clerk, worker, born Peckham, London; Muriel Frances Knott, daughter, age 17, single, insurance clerk, worker, born Forest Hill, London; Blanch Lenney, servant, age 15, single, general servant, domestic, worker, born not known.

He was formerly employed by Glynn Mills Currie & Co, bankers, of 67 Lombard Street, London EC3.

Previously served as a Lance Corporal in the 14th London Regiment, Service No.3156; commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on 25 September 1915; 7th July 1916, posted BEF; 7th October 1916, at 1.45pm the  Royal West Kent Regiment attacked the German trenches in front of the village of Le Sars. They met with heavy machine gun fire and within minutes three quarters of the battalion had become casualties including all but one of the officers.

Next of Kin (Father) - Mr A B Knott, c/o Glynn Mills Currie & Co, 67 Lombard Street, London EC3.

Brother also fell, Second Lieutenant, Stuart Wallace Knott, 3rd Battalion, (London Regiment), Royal Fusiliers, died 24th April 1918. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Panel 85 & 86, Somme, France.

Buried at Australian Imperial Force, Burial Ground, IV. H. 25., France & commemorated on the memorial at the Private Banks Cricket and Athletic Club in Catford.

London Gazette 25th September 1915.

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

Donald James Vivian Knott to be temporary Second Lieutenant. Dated 15th September, 1915.

London Gazette 28th October 1916.

War Office, 28th October, 1916. REGULAR FORCES. INFANTRY.

The under mentioned temporary 2nd Lieutenants, from Reserve  Battalions, to be temporary 2nd Lieutenants, (attached), retaining their Army seniority:  D J V Knott

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