The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J R Knox


Private John Robert KNOX, G/19997, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or since, 26th October 1917.

Born Framwellgate, Durham, son of Robert & Margaret Knox.

1911 Census - 1 Old Pit, Framwellgate, Durham - Robert Knox, head, age 41, married, colliery blacksmith, above ground, worker, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham; Margaret Knox, wife, age 40, married 19 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham; John Robert Knox, son, age 18, single, colliery labourer, coal mine, above ground, worker, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham; William Prince Knox, son, age 16, single, colliery driver, coal mine, below ground, worker, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham; Joseph Knox, son, age 13, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham; Isabella Knox, daughter, age 11, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham; George Knox, son, age 8, born Framwellgate, Moor, Durham.

23rd June 1917, The Parish Church, St Cuthbert, Durham married Elizabeth Ann Smith, spinster.

Enlisted Framwellgate, Durham, age 23 years & 2 months, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 126lbs, has a history of *epileptic attacks. Resided 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham. Formerly colliery labourer.

Home 11th December 1915 to 11th October 1917; BEF 12th October 1917 to 26th October 1917.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve;

*8th February 1916, letter from Arthur? Pain, 1 Princes Street, Durham - "I hereby certify that John Robert Knox has been under my care for five years, during which time he has had some epileptic attacks. I have never seen him in one, but he has bitten his tongue. He has had only about half a dozen attacks, and once went two years without one. He has not had one now for about a year nad has been at work for 9 months."

18th May 1917, mobilized & posted General Service Cavalry, Service No.37814; 19th May 1917, Depot, General Service Cavalry; 21st May 1917, posted 3rd Reserve Cavalry Regiment; 26th August 1917, Aldershot, when warned for Draft, absent off pass, from 11.00pm 26th August 1917 to 11.20pm 27th August 1917, 4 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 1st September 1917, transferred to Royal Fusiliers, for posting to 5th Reserve Battalion, London Regiment, Service No.G/59150; 12th October 1917, posted BEF & 2nd Royal Fusiliers; 14th October 1917, transferred to  Royal West Kent Regiment & posted 1st Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th October 1917, joined Battalion, In the Field; 26th October 1917, posted missing; 25th October 1919, The Director of Graves Registration & Enquiries reports that the above named soldiers grave has been located in Hooge Crater Cemetery, 2 miles due east of Ypres, now definitely accepted that soldier was killed.

30th June 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 12/6 a week, payable to wife, will cease.

1st July 1918, pension of 13/9 a week awarded to widow.

17th November 1919, Statement of Relatives, completed by wife, Elizabeth Ann Knox, Davy? Lodge, Darlington - Widow, Elizabeth Ann Knox, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; Father, Robert Knox, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; Mother, Margaret Knox, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; Brothers - William Knox, age 25, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; Joseph Knox, age 23, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; George Knox, age 19, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; Sisters - Isabella Knox, age 21, 9 New Rows Pity Me, Durham; Grandparents - George Hann, Front Street, Pity Me; Martha Knox, Front Street, Lumley; Uncles/Aunts - John Hann, age 45, Beamish Street, Stanley; George Hann, age 41,Newcastle Row, Framwellgate Moor.

Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, XIII. G. 1., Belgium.

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