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Private Willie KNIGHTS, 241618, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 4th October 1917.

Born Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Derbyshire, son of Frederick & Jemima Knights.

25th December 1908, St Andrew, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Willie Knights, age 29, bachelor, foreman? to livery? stable?, 19 Kinnerton Street, Belgrave Square, London, W, father Frederick Knights, deceased, gamekeeper, married Elizabeth Mary Smith, age 30, spinster,  3 Cross Path Cottages, Uxbridge, father Joseph Bridger? Smith, plasterer.

Child - George Frederick William Knights, born 16th October 1909, St Georges, Hanover Square.


1911 Census - 87 Eastbourne Mews, Paddington, London, W.- Willie Knights, head, age 31, married, coachman domestic, worker, born Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Derbyshire;  Elizabeth Mary Knights, wife, age 32, married 2 years, 1 child, still alive, born Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire; George Frederick William Knights, son, age 1, born Belgrave, London.


Enlisted Paddington, Middlesex, age 35 years & 11months, height 5ft 7½ inches, mole on side, operation scare left groin, upper denture, slight flat feet, slight varicose veins, chronic orchitis left testicle. Resided 87 Eastbourne Mews, Paddington, London, W. Formerly cabman.

Home 8th December 1915 to 11th September 1917, BEF 12th September 1917 to 7th October 1917.

8th December 1915, enlisted; 9th December 1915 to Army Reserve; 31st August 1916, mobilized & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th September 1916, posted 2nd / 5th Battalion, (Territorials), Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No.4940; 22nd May 1917 to 24th May 1917, Hospital, JCT thigh, discharged to Unit; 12th September 1917, posted BEF; 12th September 1917, Folkestone, embarked / Boulogne, disembarked; 12th September 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot, posted 3/4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th September 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th September 1917, joined Battalion, In the Field.

6th May 1918, pension of 18/9 a week awarded to widow and one child.

4th December 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow - *Elizabeth Mary Knights, 87 Eastbourne Mews, Paddington, W2; Child - George, 16th October 1909, 87 Eastbourne Mews, Paddington, W2; Fsther, dead; Mother, Jane  Knights, Pen House Lodge, Amersham, Buckinghamshire; Brother, Harry Knights, age 40, Pen House Lodge, Amersham, Buckinghamshire; Sisters - Lucy Knights, age not known, The Spring, Pembury, Kent; Harriet Knights, age not known, The Garden, Normandhurst, Horsham; Susie Knights, age not known, 31 Somerby, Barking; Lizzie Knights, age not known, address not known.

*1921 April, address now - 12 Albion? Street, Hyde, London W2.

Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, VII. L. 2., Belgium.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War show lastname as KNIGHT; CWGC web site shows it as KNIGHTS.


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