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William Douglas Knight

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Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright rest …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Knight AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 59920 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 September 1892 AWMM DannevirkeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N. Knight (mother), Opotiki Road, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 October 1917 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 59920 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Herbert Douglas and Ellen Knight, of Mokorua.

    Knight was intially in the First Reserves but was called up for duty.

    He died in a battle at Belle Spur near Baupaume, France.

    "Left New Zealand on October 13th, 1917. Landing in France during the following March, he joined up with a Lewis gun section, and was killed on September 1st, 1918. He was attached to the 6th Hauraki Coy., Auckland Regiment, with whom he appears to have been a general favourite, due very largely to his supreme unselfishness. His comrades wrote describing his thoroughness in all things, even to the digging of a trench another few inches for additional safety. After capturing certain German machine guns, when volunteers were called for to work them, he was the only man in the team who had taken the trouble to master them at the gunnery school. His unfailing generosity will ever be remembered by those who were associated with him during his military career." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 September 1918 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    HavrincourtFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM I.B.10. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • dear douglas, we will always remeber you. love from the Gibson family
    Public - Grace - Other relative - 30 October 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      72: 17 AWMM
    • Croad, N. (1995). My Dear Home: The letters of three Knight brothers who gave their lives during WWI. Auckland, N.Z.: Nancy Croad. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM

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