1. Memorial:Priez Communal CemeteryOn North boundary.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.127
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour55C GQS

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Family :

He was born at Ajaccio, Corsica on the 12th December, 1866 the youngest son of the late Captain Lewis Knight. Married Menie Ethel Knight. .

Education & Career :

Wellington College C & Bd House, and RMS Sandhurst and became 2nd Lieutenant in the North Lancashire Regiment in February 1887.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 

1st Battalion August 1914 : in Aldershot. Part of 2nd Brigade in 1st Division. 13 August 1914 : landed at Le Havre. 7 February 1918: transferred to 1st Brigade in same Division.

Action : The Battle of the Marne 1914 

7 - 10 September 1914. The pivotal moment of the Great War that reversed the German advance. The BEF had been in constant retreat since its initial encounter with the Germans at Mons on 23rd August 1914, usually marching over 20 miles each day. Eventually it became clear that the German pursuit was losing focus as it struggled to maintain momentum and an opportunity was spotted (with the help of the innovative use of aircraft) to hit the German flank as it passed by Paris. The shock of the attack by the French 6th Army coupled with the stand on the River Marne, created the conditions for self doubt in the German High Command and the order to disengage and retreat was given.

He was promoted Lieutenant in September 1888, and Captain in July 1894, and was Adjutant of his battalion from October of that year to February 1898. He was employed with the Colonial Forces, New South Wales, from February 1898 where he raised the 1st New South Wales Mounted Infantry Regiment, and commanded it in the South African War. He was present at operations in the Orange Free State, including actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, and Karee Siding : also the actions at Vet and Zand Rivers : operations in the Transvaal, including action near Johannesburg : in the Orange River Colony, including actions at Wittebergen and operations in Cape Colony, where he was slightly wounded.

For his services he was mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette. 10th September, 1901), was promoted Brevet-Major, and received the Queen's medal with five clasps. Subsequently, being a Staff College graduate, he served on the Staff as D.A.A. and Q.M.G. in Malta and Egypt from November 1905 to September 1908, and in South Africa from 1909 to 1911, in February of which year he succeeded to the command of the 1st Battalion of his regiment.

Lieutenant-Colonel Knight, who was a member of the Naval and Military Club, was a good all round sportsman. He played football (Rugby) in the Sandhurst team, was a splendid horseman, and keen on hunting and polo. All his leave in India was spent in big-game shooting, and he had many tigers to his credit. He married Menie Ethel, younger daughter of Walter Cross-Buchanan.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St. Andrew No. 500 E.C.India
Joined : Old Wellingtonian No. 3404 E.C. London
Joined : St. John & St. Paul No. 349 E.C. Malta

20th February 1893
17th June 1893
15th July 1893

Initiate of St. Andrews Lodge No. 500 when posted to Kamptee, Nagpur (Bombay) as a Lieutenant of the 47th Regiment. Joined Lodge of St John and St Paul No. 349 in Valetta on the 4th March 1905 when serving as a Major with the N. Lancs Regt, but resigned 31st December 1905, probably at the end of that posting. Further joined Old Wellingtonian Lodge No. 3404 on the 21st October 1913 and remained a member until his fatal action.

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