Names I to K

Inglis, William Wiley

Lieutenant William Wiley Inglis, aged 26, from Stockton-on-Tees, was killed in action on  20 November 1917 in the first attack at Cambrai, and is buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery. He was the son of Mary Inglis of 6 High Street, Stockton on Tees and the late William Wiley Inglis. His medal index card shows that he signed on originally in 1914 with the regimental number 2678 and went out to France on 17 August 1915. He was commissioned as 2nd Lt with the 2nd DLI, apparently on 26 March 1915, before embarking, but this seems unlikely and maybe should read 1916. He joined 11 DLI in the field on 20 September 1916 along with Percy Kemp, Raymond Bushell and others. He was later promoted to full Lieutenant. [His service records may be at the National Archives, reference WO 339/38090 – not confirmed]

Ingram, Frederick

Private 15055 Frederick Ingram enlisted 1 September 1914 and embarked with 11th DLI on 20 July 1915. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette 25 November 1917. He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps with the regimental number 162101 and was wounded while serving with them, being awarded the Silver War Badge. He survived the war and was discharged 14 December 1918 aged 23 years and 3 months, classed as ‘sick’. [Possibly Frederick Ingram, aged 16, apprentice moulder living at 13 George Street, Hartlepool, the son of James and Jane Ingram].

Irving, Frederick

Private 17970 Frederick Irving of Tanfield Lea went out with the battalion on 20 July 1915. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre, London Gazette 10 October 1918. He survived the war and was discharged to Class Z reserve.

Isaac, Thomas Alfred

Private 24129 Thomas Alfred Isaac, from Gloucestershire, was killed in action on 10 November 1915 when the billets were hit by a shell, and is buried at Aubers Ridge British Cemetery. He enlisted in Bristol and originally served as Private 14837 Somerset Light Infantry and was probably transferred from 7th Battalion SLI when 11 DLI was made the Pioneer Battalion of 20th Light Division. He embarked with 11 DLI on 20 July 1915.

Iveson, John

Private 20731 (formerly 12597) John Iveson, aged 26, died of wounds on 21 September 1916, and is buried Grove Town Cemetery, Méaulte. Iveson enlisted in Sunderland 12 August 1914, requesting to serve with DLI. He was born in Witton Park and was aged 24 yrs and 9 days, working as a miner. There is a deleted record of him being transferred to the Royal Field Artillery in Sept 1914 and being discharged on 6 Feb 1915 – but this appears from the rest of his record to have been a clerical error. He was 5ft 5in tall, 132lbs, 36in chest with dark complexion, dark brown eyes and hair, C of E. His next of kin was his sister, Sarah Bell of 52 Cross Road, Bewick Main, Birtley. He had no living parents, two brothers (one in Canada), four sisters (one in Canada) all married – Sarah was the second sister, aged 39.

His conduct record while in training with 11 DLI show he served with C Company and was somewhat indisciplined.

19 Dec 1914 Pirbright – improperly dressed on parade, witness Sgt Bousfield, 7 days CB

2 Jan 1915 – overstaying pass from mn to 5 Jan, Sgt Spalding, 5 days CB

12 Jan 1915 – inattention on parade, CSM Bousfield, 2 days CB

5 Feb 1915 – inattention when a prisoner at orderly room and resisting escort, CSM Bousfield and Sgt Johnson, 7 days CB

5 March 1915 at Witley – absent from tattoo until 6.30 pm 8 March – 7 days CB and 4 days pay (increased to 7 days pay)

10 March 1915 – refusing to obey an order given by an NCO – FP No 2 for 7 days and 7 days pay

30 May 1915 at Lark Hill – overstaying pass from MN to 7.15 am – 5 days CB and 1 days pay

4 June 1915 – refusing to obey an order – 28 days awarded by District Court Martial on 15 March 1915

26 July 1915 (in France) – FP No 2 and 2 days pay for being absent 25-26 July.

While in France he suffered an abscess to the groin on 6 Jan 1916 and ended up in hospital at St Omer and Carrier with ‘lymphangitis’, returning to his unit on 17 March. He died of wounds at 34 CCS on 20 Sept 1916. He was one of three men who died of wounds as a result of an explosion caused when clearing battlefield debris.

The personal items returned to his family on 5 July 1917 included identity disc, letters, a testament, knife, cigarette case. He was the son of the later Peter and Sarah Iveson of Elizabeth Cottages, Birtley. In 1911 he was aged 20, living with his widowed mother and working as a coal haulier underground in the mine.

Jackson, Sidney Bill

Private 302822 Sidney Bill Jackson, born Biggleswade and enlisting in Doncaster, was killed in action during the capture of Eagle Trench beyond Langemarck, on 22 September 1917, and is buried at Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck. His medal index card indicates that he was probably a conscript during 1916-17.

Jee, Ralph

Second Lieutenant Ralph Jee joined 11 DLI in February 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross for actions with B Company at Cambrai in November-December 1917 (London Gazette 1 January 1919). He played a prominent role in the actions during the March Retreat of 1918, when he commanded a reserve detachment of officers and men that became very quickly involved in front line action.  He survived the war, remaining in the Army for several years. He served on the North West Frontier and in India 1930-1933 and transferred to the Royal Signals Corps in 1934.

Jerrison, William

Private 14075 William Franks Benson Jerrison, aged 29, from Shotley Bridge, was killed in action 2 October 1915, and is buried at Rue-du-Bacquerot No. 1 Military Cemetery. The battalion were involved in a period of front-line trench activity at Laventie. He was the husband of Janet Bruce Jerrison of 27 Wood Street, Shotley Bridge, Co Durham. In the 1911 Census they lived at No 2 Green Street, Shotley Bridge. He was aged 23, his wife 25 and they had a two-year old son Joseph.

Jobes, Herbert Ewart

Private 30839 Herbert Ewart Jobes, aged 28, died of wounds (fractured skull) on 6 October 1916, and is buried Grove Town Cemetery, Méaulte. Jobes enlisted 9 December 1915 (Derby man) aged 28 yrs 9 months. He was a barman from Annfield Plain, 5ft 6 in tall, 120lbs, 35½ in chest. Although he had family, his brother Henry of 37 Falmouth Rd, Heaton, Newcastle being next of kin (and a sister Lily Bilby in Harrogate), his parents were dead and he made out a will leaving all his ‘furniture and effects’ to Mrs Barbara Wardle at no 2 Duffy Terrace, Annfield Plain. She was his landlady and received all his medals and effects.

His parents were Robert and Margaret Jobes of Choppington, Northumberland, where he was born. In 1911, he was working as a groom for John Mackenzie Cray at Derwent Dene, Ebchester, Co Durham. He trained with 16 DLI and was posted abroad on 22 June 1916, joining 11 DLI on 2 July, serving with A Company. He died of wounds (compound fracture to the skull) at 34 CCS on 6 October 1916, probably the victim of shell fire during work on improving trenches near Montauban.

Johns, Charles Herbert Mackelcan

Lieutenant (later Captain) Charles Herbert Mackelcan Johns began service with 11 DLI, proceeding overseas with the battalion in 1915, or very shortly after. He later became Major in charge of a Prisoner of War Camp, presumably in the UK. He applied for his medals 29 July 1919 using an address at The Argentine Club, 1 Hamilton Place, London. He was born in 1884 (Jul-Sep, Islington 1 b 421) and in the 1901 Census he was aged 16, at school, and living with his parents Edward Wildey Johns, retired manufacturer aged 60, and Marie Bayard Johns at Osborne Lodge, Heston, Brentford. His brother was also at home, Cecil Starr M Johns, aged 20, ‘Artist Black and White’ – he became a famous author and illustrator of children’s books. Major Johns is not traced in the 1911 Census and it is possible he was in the Army as a regular, as there was military ancestry.

Johnson, Frederick Lilly

Lance Corporal 45846 Frederick Lilly Johnson died as prisoner of war in hospital at Giessen, 11 July 1918, and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery. Originally served with York and Lancaster Regiment, but assigned to 11th DLI from 11 September 1916

Johnson was born in Connington and enlisted in Barnsley on 10 August 1914, asking to serve with the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was aged 19 yrs 62 days and was a platelayer with the Great Central Railway. A reference was provided by Mr J Jackson, Permanent Way Inspector dated 11 Aug 1914. Tall at 5ft 11¼ in , 172lbs, 37 in chest, he had blue eyes, brown hair and professed C of E. He had a mole on his back and a scar on his left foreleg.

He was posted to 11 Y&L and became unpaid Lance Corporal on 20 Feb 1915, reverting at his own request on 11 May 1915. He was transferred to 7 Y&L on 30 July 1915. There appears to have then been an accident around 17 Dec 1915, as he was re-allocated to ‘Depot’, and on 7 Jan 1916 was at the Military Hospital Gravesend suffering from a scalded foot, causing a third degree burn. There was a period at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Rochester before he was transferred to Fort Pitt, Chatham on 17 March 1916. He was finally declared fit for service on 24 April 1916 by medical staff at Rugeley Camp, by which time he was allocated (since 29 March 1916) to 11 Y&L, the reserve battalion. On 25 April he went back to 7 Y&L and was finally transferred to 11 DLI on 11 September 1916. By 30 August 1917 he had been promoted to Lance Corporal.

He was reported missing on 24 March 1918 during the retreat, having been taken prisoner. He died in hospital at Giessen, Germany on 11 July 1918 (cause not stated), a letter being sent from Pte Clifford to the War Office informing them of the death.

Johnson, George

Corporal 16281 George Johnson went out with the battalion on 20 July 1915, but later transferred to 2nd Training Reserve with the regimental number TR/5/4456. He enlisted 29 August 1914 and was discharged to Army Reserve Class P on 3 January 1917, being issued with the Silver War Badge. Nothing further known.

Johnston, William

Lance Sergeant 16009 William Johnston, from Stanley, died of wounds on 30 March 1918, and is  buried at Namps-au-Val British Cemetery. He was probably wounded during the attempt to re-take the village of Mézières on 29 March. His wife re-married as Mrs S Mitchell of 5 Dale Street, Newcastle on Tyne. In 1911 he and his wife Saraha had been living at 15 Theresa Street, West Stanley with three sons, Frederick William, Alfred and Robert. He was then aged 29 and worked as hewer in the mine.

Johnstone, W

Lance Corporal 16309 W Johnstone was mentioned in despatches, London Gazette 15 May 1917.

Jones, Simon

Private 76865 Simon Jones died of pneumonia as prisoner of war on 23 July 1918, and is buried at Selestat (Schlestadt) Communal Cemetery.

Jones was a stonemason from Penstep Prenteg, Portmadoc when he enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 aged 36 yrs 4 months under the Derby Scheme. He was married, 5ft 9 in, with 36 in chest, C of E and classed as skilled for Royal Engineers purposes. He had a wife Rebecca (née Griffiths, married 21 Oct 1908 at Penmorfa Church, Portmadog) and children Jane Alice (1907), Thomas (1908), Simon (1909), Ellen (1911), Anne Mary (1914) and Katie (1917) all born Tremadoc. His wife was provided with an allowance of 37s 0d weekly.

He was not called up until 20 Feb 1917, appearing at Chatham as a candidate for the Royal Engineers. Although he trained with the RE, regimental number 241412, when he embarked for France on 17 Sept 1917 he was immediately transferred to 11 DLI. He was admitted to 26 General Hospital with a skin disease on 12 Oct 1917 and rejoined his unit on 15 Dec 1917, having thus missed the actions at Cambrai. He was reported missing on 23 March 1918 during the retreat.

Confusion then seems to have ensued. His wife was sent a form to complete to claim pension but she sent it back with a cover letter (undated) stating that her husband was still alive and a PoW (Form B104-106) in Lumburg with 4th Company DLI. She had sent letters from him to the War Office to show this but had not had them back.

A lot of the subsequent correspondence is not legible but includes a letter confirming that Jones had been seen alive by a R Fisher of Bean St, Hull in the same camp. Things were difficult for the wife, so relatives took over the correspondence. Kate Morris wrote asking for information again 6 Feb 1919 ‘as nothing has been heard of him since Augsut 1918’. The War Office wrote to Mr Fisher again on 18 Feb 1919 for confirmation of his sighting in Mannheim, as they held an official report to say that Jones had died of pneumonia on 23 July 1918 at ‘War Hospital Section II Prisoners Station, Schlettstadt’. Fisher wrote back to say that he must have been confused about the dates as he was himself in hospital 26 July 1918 so must have seen Jones before that date. Mrs Jones was awarded a pension of 37s 11d from 4 Aug 1919.

Jones, T.

Private 18008 T Jones, from Newcastle-on-Tyne, died at home on 8 July 1918, and is buried St John’s, Westgate, Newcastle. Nothing further known.

Kane, Thomas

Private 16024 Thomas Kane, aged 30, from Heworth, Felling, died at home on 31 January 1915, and is buried St Mary’s Churchyard, Heworth. He must have died during training and did not serve overseas. He was the son of John Henry and Martha Kane and the husband of Ellen Kane of 6 North View Terrace, Felling Gate, Heworth. Because he did not serve overseas, no medals were issued with regard to his war service and he is not listed in ‘Soldiers Who Died’. In 1911 he was aged 26 and living at 71 Back Elliot Street, Felling on Tyne, with his 36 year old wife Ellen, to whom he had been married one year. There were no children. He worked as a coal miner (in-setter).

Kear, Thomas Enoch

Private 79362 Thomas Enoch Kear died of wounds on 25 March 1918, and is commemorated on the Pozières Memorial.

Enlisted 4 September 1917, assigned to 11th DLI, D Company. Wounded, died in German Hospital at Flavy-le-Martel.

Kear was a conscript. He attested 12 Jan 1916 aged 23 yrs 9 months, was married and worked as a coal miner, living at 8 Fulford St, off Temple St, Castleford. He was called up to Pontefract on 4 September 1917. He was 5ft 3½in tall, 33½ in chest, 98½lbs, with a scar on each knee and tattoos on forearm. His wife was Matilda (née Malpass, married 7 Jan 1913) and there were three children (Leslie 1914, Ronald 1915, Wilfred 1917). The wife was provided with an allowance of 28s 0d.  Kear had two living parents, Enoch and Rhoda Kear and a sister Ethel.

Service details are sparse, but he appears to have been with D Company, 11 DLI during the March Retreat. Following War Office enquiries it appears he had been wounded and died in a German field hospital at Flavy-le-Martel on 25 March 1918, having suffered a shot wound to the neck. The widow received a pension of 29s 7d a week. There is no known grave.

There is an interesting example in his records of how other members of the family might be affected. His sister, Ethel Kear, wrote to the War Office asking for a medal as some form of remembrance:

Dear Sirs

I hope I am not taking a liberty in writing to you but I want you to do me a favour if you would be so kind. I would like you to send me a medal in rememberance (sic) of my brother who was killed in the war and I haven’t got anything to belong to him, as his wife gets all that has been sent. There were only him and me and I would like a medal in rememberance of my brother. I hope you will allow me and send me one.

Yours truly

Miss Kear

Sadly, her request was turned down.

Keegan, Francis

Private 25272 Francis Keegan, from West Stanley, died of wounds on 1 September 1916, and is buried at Dive Copse British Cemetery. In 1911 he was aged 12 and living with his father, Cornelius Keegan at 2 Ann Street, West Stanley. His older brothers and father all worked in the pits and no doubt after school he followed them. He would have been only 17 when he died and mat have enlisted under age. He will have been wounded during the advance preparations for the attack on the village of Guillemont.

Kemp, Percy Vickerman

TNA Reference: WO 339/61228

Captain Percy Vickerman Kemp, aged 25, died from gas 31 May 1918, and is at buried Étaples Military Cemetery.

Kemp was born in Sunderland on 16 July 1892, the son of the Reverend James Vickerman Kemp (and Mary Royston Kemp), who at the time of his death was next of kin and living at Witton Park Vicarage, near Darlington. Kemp was educated at St John’s School, Leatherhead, Surrey and St John’s College, Cambridge University. He was a member of the Cambridge University OTC.

On 15 January 1915 he enlisted in London and was posted as Private 5860 to the Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He was at the time a schoolmaster aged 22. He was 5ft 8in tall with a chest expansion from 34 to 37 inches. He had good eyesight, both eyes 6/6. He had a number of identifying scars, one on the right side of the neck and another under the chin. His home address was Witton Park. He was posted to C Company, 19th Battalion Royal Fusiliers on 13 January 1915, into the Sappers’ Platoon.

On applying for a commission he specifically requested a posting to one of the DLI Pioneer battalions. The papers do not indicate if he had served overseas with the 19 Royal Fusiliers, but he was posted to No 8 Officer Cadet Battalion, Lichfield on 15 April 1916. From here he was originally commissioned in the 4th Battalion DLI on 4 August 1916. On 17 September he was transferred to 11 DLI, joining them two days later. He attended a 20 Division course on 29 November, rejoining the unit on 16 December 1916. He was attached as an instructor to the 4th Army school on 10 February 1917, rejoining the battalion on 18 March 1917. From 25 December 1917 to 8 January 1918 he was on leave. By then he had been mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 21 December 1917 page 13370) for action on 7 November 1917. From 25 December 1917 he was appointed Acting Captain when leading a company.

He was involved briefly in the March Retreat, being withdrawn with ‘debility’ on 24 March 1918 and sent to rest at Étaples, arriving on 28 March. He rejoined the battalion on 4 April. He was affected by a gas attack on 27 May 1918, treated at 62nd Field Ambulance. He died a few days later on 31 May from pulmonary oedema resulting from gas poisoning and thus, according to his papers, lost his rank as Acting Captain (sic). Various telegrams were sent to the family, on 29 May to say he was dangerously ill, on 30 May permitting his father to visit and providing a travel warrant. It is presumed his father did not make it in time as a telegram on 1 June indicated that he has died, with a follow up letter that he was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery.

There was a codicil to Kemp’s will, which was accepted as valid, leaving all his investments to a Mary Emmerson. His account held credits worth £140.9s.10d. The original will was dated 3 January 1918 and the codicil 31 May 1918 (while he was dying). He had £3.19s.6d back pay due and the gross value of his estate was £202.0s.7d. There was no inventory of his personal effects.

Kennedy, John

Private 4/9342 John Kennedy was killed in action on 22 March 1918, and is buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery.

Kennedy was a coal miner, born South Shields, when he enlisted there on 3 September 1914, aged 30 yrs 168 days, and married. He had previously served as a volunteer. He was 5ft 8½in, 139lbs, 39in chest, blue eyes, brown hair and Roman Catholic. For most of his service he was attached to other battalions of DLI than the 11th. Initially he was allocated to 10 DLI and the earliest record of him relates to conduct. While in training at Forest Hall on 2 June 1915 he was absent from tattoo and had to forfeit 4 days pay. Shortly afterwards he had the sad news of the death of his daughter Irene on 11 June 1915 aged only 15 months, from bronchial pneumonia and convulsions.

The surviving papers are unclear as to actual dates. He was hospitalised for 26 days with scabies but he must have also been wounded at some point in 1916 (returned to UK 24 August 1916). He was back at the Depot by 20 Oct 1916, attached No 1 Training Reserve Battalion. There were further misdemeanours while with them at Seaham Harbour. On 1 Dec 1916 he absent from tattoo and found in bed at reveille, for which he was admonished. He was admonished again on 12 Feb 1917 for overstaying a pass, and when he repeated that offence on 1 April 1917 he was more severely punished, with 10 days CB and 2 days pay.

He was sent back to France, initially with 18 DLI then 5 DLI from 2 June 1917. On 12 July 1917 he suffered from a shrapnel wound to his right arm. He was sent back to England via Rouen on HS Aberdonian on 19 July and by 21 July was back at Ripon. He was granted furlough from 18-28 August 1917 while he convalesced. He was still based at Ripon on 30 September 1917.

Kennedy was sent back to France on 13 Feb 1918 and assigned to 11 DLI, A Company. He was with them for the March Retreat and was reported missing, ‘killed in action or died of wounds’ on or after 22 March 1918 as reported in an undated burial report from a Canadian Corps Burial Officer. That is the date that appears on his CWGC headstone. There is much confusion as to the exact date of his death. A surviving will in his records is dated 25 March 1918. An official form dated 5 October 1918 repeats the date of 22 March 1918, but a further form dated 15 November 1918 corrects this to 27 March 1918. This would place him at Arvillers and explains why after the war he was exhumed and re-buried at nearby Bouchoir New Cemetery along with several other unknown men (including probably the website author’s grandfather). The correct date is recorded in the Memorial Book at Durham Cathedral, though not on the CWGC website.

His wife Mary (née Slesser, married St Bede’s, South Shields 18 Nov 1911) lived at 2 Well Lane, Corstorphine Road, South Shields. She had received an allowance of 28/- and this was increased to a pension of 29/7 for herself and the three surviving children.

King, Robert Henry

Second Lieutenant Robert Henry King was mentioned in despatches, London Gazette 15 May 1917, and was awarded the Military Cross for actions at Mézières on 29 March 1918. He survived the war.

The citation in the London Gazette 16 Sep 1918 reads:

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was in charge of a party in a counter-attack on a village, reaching his objective in spite of heavy casualties. In the village all his party became casualties, so he had to withdraw, but before doing so he himself worked a Lewis gun putting an enemy machine gun out of action. Prior to this he had taken a leading part in repelling another attack on a village.”

See also NATIONAL ARCHIVES WO 339/30927 [Possibly his service records]

Kipling, William Alfred

Private 22193 William Alfred Kipling was killed in action 30 November 1917 during the battle of Cambrai and is buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery.

Kipling enlisted 19 November 1914. He was 5ft 3½in, 136 lbs, 38 in chest. He married Ethel Bruton 3 Nov 1915 at the Parish Church, Saltburn by the Sea, the home address given as 5 Britannia Terrace, Saltburn. There were no children and Ethel got an allowance of 12s 6d. He had four brothers and a sister.

He trained with 16 DLI, was reported absent from there on 23 Aug 1915, and embarked for France on 19 Jan 1916. He may not have been considered physically strong as he was attached to 10 Entrenching Battalion on 11 Feb 1916 and did not join 11 DLI until 5 April 1916. On 21 May 1916 he was given 10 days FP No 2 (no reason stated). On 1 June he reported to 61 FA with an infection. On 11 Jan 1917 he reported to 60 FA with a wound to his right hand but was back with his unit next day and the day after that he was given FP No 2 again. He was sent home on leave in August. He was killed in action on 30 Nov 1917, when the Germans counter-attacked at Cambrai. His widow, now living at 27 Lanehouse Road, Thornaby, was awarded a pension of 13s 7d.

Kitchen, Henry

Private 75557 Henry Kitchen was killed in action 23 March 1918, and is buried at St Souplet British Cemetery. Conscripted, joined 11th DLI, B Company, on 6 February 1918. Germans reported his death.

Kitchen was a young conscript from Low Grounds, Swinehead. He enlisted 18 Nov 1916 at which time he was a farm labourer aged 17 yrs old. He was called up 6 June 1917 when he passed 18, at which time he stood 5ft 6½in, weighed 132 lbs and had a 36 in chest. He professed Wesleyan and his parents were Samuel and Annie Elizabeth Kitchen.

He initially went with 1st Training Reserve Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment from 13 June 1917. On 21 Nov 1917 he was transferred to 3 DLI and on 9 Jan 1918 was posted to BEF. First he was sent to 15 DLI (10 Jan), then 14 DLI (13 Jan), only for the latter to be disbanded. He was transferred to 11 DLI, B Company, on 6 Feb 1918. On 23 March 1918 he was reported missing. On 31 May 1918 he was struck off the roll, presumed dead.

Death was confirmed to the War Office by his pay book being sent from the Royal Bavarian Regiment Office at Munich. The exact circumstances are not recorded. A letter to his father dated 19 August 1920 brought some closure by reporting that his body had been located in a grave in St Martins Military Cemetery Extension just over a mile WSW of St Quentin. This would have been close to where he fell or died in German hands.

Knighton, Edgar

Private 76704 Edgar Knighton went missing in action 30 November 1917, and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. Trained with Royal Engineers but assigned 11th DLI from 21 September 1917.

He enlisted at Wellingborough, Northants on 11 December 1915 under the Derby Scheme and was called up at Chatham 16 June 1916. Aged 30 yrs 4 months, married, a painter by trade, he was 5ft 8 in, 34½ in chest, 130 lbs. Knighton lived at 12 Newcomen Road Wellingborough with his wife Ada (née Nelson, married at Tilbrook, Hunts, 3 August 1914 – the day before war was declared). They had one child, Edith Adeline, born 25 Oct 1914 at Deane, Hunts.

Because of his trade proficiency as a painter he was initially recruited into the Royal Engineers (regimental number 170976) but transferred to 11 DLI. He embarked from Folkestone 17 Sept 1917 and was allocated to 11 DLI on 21 Sept 1917, arriving with his unit 1 Oct 1917. On 6 Nov 1917 he was admitted to 62 FA with influenza but returned to his unit. He was killed in action on 30 Nov 1917 when the Germans counter-attacked at Cambrai.

The War Office did an excellent job in maintaining contact with Mrs Knighton, who was constantly on the move. She moved from Newcomen Road, first to 144 Russell Street, Kettering, then to 4 Rushton Road, Rothwell, Kettering and after the war was living at 77 Philliards Gardens, London SW. She was awarded a pension of 20s 5d for herself and child.

 

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