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George McKnight

Portrait of George McKnight in full uniform. Image taken at Southampton, England at time of enlistment. Photographer: Louis be Baron, Below Bar, Southampton. Image provided by Treweek family. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of George McKnight in full uniform. Image taken at Southampton, England at time of enlistme …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George AWMM
  • Surname
    McKnight AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 1928 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 August 1887 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Alma I. Mcknight (wife), 7 Calder Street, Caversham, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 19 December 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 December 1916 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Motor Mechanic/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Wife's middle name incorrectly spelt as Mrs A.T. McKnight but was actually. Mrs Alma Isobel McKnight (Family Souce, April 2015).

      Reported as serving in this shore establishment in September 1918. Possible Palmer recruit. AWMM
    • George McKnight took part in the 1918 Zeebrugge Raid, one of the most gallant naval actions of the Great War.At the time George was Chief Motor Mechanic serving on CMB 15, a coastal motor boat with crew of four & capable of speeds of up to forty knots. The Zeebrugge Raid was an attempt by the British Royal Navy to neutralise the Port of Bruges-Zeebrugge used by the Germans as a base for their U-boats & was a serious threat to Allied shipping especially in the English Channel. George was awarded the Victory Medal, British War medal & 1914-1915 Star for his contribution. George Mcknight was well known in Otage athletic circles pre WW1 . He took out many provincial titles, represented NZ at the 1909 Australasia Games & in 1910 won the individual National Cross-Country Championship of New Zealand.George died on 31st March 1980 at Invercargill. Public - Lesley Elizabeth - Other Relative - 12 April 2015 - Christchurch Press Article "Gallant New Zealanders" 6th May 1918, Southland Times Article "Zeebrugge Raid Veteran Lives in Invercargill, date unknown,Family Oral History; daughter Joy McKnight,National Archives London WW1 Personnel Files,National Archives London WW1 Medal Rolls, Caversham & Dunedin Civil Service Harriers Club Archives
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About death

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  • External links
    National Archives (UK). Military History resources.
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Attestation papers are held at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton AWMM
    • McEwan, J. (1995). Auckland Rockies : a history of Auckland's Naval Reserves from 1858-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Pyramid Press. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
27 August 2015LesleyNew ZealandOther Relative
12 April 2015Lesley ElizabethInvercargill, New ZealandOther Relative

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