The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J Knight


Private John KNIGHT, 9252, 2nd  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of asthma, Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, at 8.45am on 5th May 1920.

Born Peckham, Kent, son of Elizabeth Knight, 144 Neat Street, Camberwell.

Brothers - Harry & Frederick; Sister - Lucy, Fanny, Eliza, Clara, Jenny.

11th August 1914, Catholic Church, Rathmines, Dublin, married Alice Behan, 2 Horn Hill, Rathmines, Dublin, / c/o Mrs Turner, 61 Makin Street, County Road, Liverpool. 

12th August 1908, Woolwich enlisted Royal West Kent Regiment, Special Reserve, Service No.1762. age 18 years 5 months, height 5ft 4 inches, weight 107lbs, dark blue eyes, brown hair, Formerly factory labourer. 26th January 1909 to Regular Army.

Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 18 years 10 months, height 5ft 4½ inches, weight 106lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, tattooed cross left forearm, small scar above right eye. Formerly factory labourer.

Home, 27th January 1909 to 13th August 1914; BEF, 14th August 1914 to 10th March 1915; Home, 11st March 1915 to 26th March 1920; Home, 26th March 1920 to 5th May 1920.

27th January 1909, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd February 1909. posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th December 1910, Passed Class in Transport Duties; 31st October 1911 to 6th November 1911, forfeits 7 days pay for absence; 27th March 1912, 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 12th November 1912, Newbridge, Qualified in Transport Duties; 14th August 1914, posted BEF; 27th February 1915, 84 Field Ambulance, bronchitis; 10th March 1915, frostbite; 10th March 1915, invalided to England; 11th March 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd April 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd June 1915, deserted; 10th March 1920, rejoined Battalion from Desertion;  10th March to 14th March 1920, in Civil Custody; 15th March to 26th March 1920 in Guard Detention Room; 27th March 1920, Court Martial, Whilst on Active Service Deserting His Majesty's Service, losing by neglect his equipment & clothing & Regimental necessaries, sentenced to 6 months imprisonment & to be discharged with ignominy; 1914 Star and British Victory Medal forfeited;  30th March 1920, sentence with hard labour confirmed; 9th April 1920, sentence of discharge with ignominy confirmed, all former service forfeits; 29th April 1920, to Military Prison Woking; 4th May 1920, Connaught Hospital, Aldershot.

13th June 1920, date when Separation Allowance of 12/6 a week will cease.

Buried at Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery, Screen Wall (North). V. R.C. 1744, United Kingdom.

NOTE: not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; shown on CWGC web site.

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