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- Biography -
- Richard Stanley Knott -

Unknown person Name : Richard Stanley Knott.

Son of Alfred George Knott and Sarah Elizabeth Knott, of Mountfield, High Park, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Born 1888, Suriname.

  Census Information :

1891 : presumed to be in Suriname

1901 : Alfred and Sarah Knott, with their children including Richard aged 12, are at Mountfield, High Park, St John's, Ryde. Alfred Knott is a Retired Sugar Planter.

1911 : family not located

  Service details :

Corporal 1376 Richard Stanley Knott, 16th Bn. Middlesex Regiment.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 1 July 1916 aged 28.

Buried at : Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ryde Borough War Memorial
St John's Church, Ryde, War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle.

Additional inscription on family grave marker at Oakfield (St John's) Church Cemetery. (RSHG).
  Documents :


Friday, August 4, 1916 Page 3

Sergt. Richard Stanley Knott, 16th Middlesex Regiment, who was killed in action in France on July 1st, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Knott, of Mountfield, High Park Road, Ryde. He was 28 years of age. - Lance-Corpl. Fred Jackson, 8th Battalion Canadian Infantry, who was killed at Ypres on June 14th, was well-known in Ryde, where for many years he was a member of Holy Trinity Church choir. He emigrated to Canada some seven years ago, and soon after the outbreak of war joined a Canadian regiment. He was 26 years of age.

National Probate Index 1916

Medal Index Card
Medal Index Card for R S Knott :
Source : Ancestry.com.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards,
1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.
Original data: Army Medal Office.
WWI Medal Index Cards.
In the care of The Western Front Association website.
  Further Information :

Richard Stanley Knott was born in Surmane, Africa (sic)(*) and living on the Isle of Wight, enlisted at Woldingham.
Serving with the 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 17 November 1915.
He was killed in action at the 'Hawthorn Redoubt' on 1 July 1916 - the first day of the battle of the Somme.

One of his medals was sold at auction on 5th April 2006, described as follows :

British War Medal 1914-20 (PS-1376 Cpl. R. S. Knott, Midd'x. R.)

Information taken from the Dix Noonan Webb Auction House website

(*) This birthplace is taken from "Soldiers Died in the Great War" but it should be Suriname, South America. (Information from Joy McPherson, great-great niece of R S Knott)
  Photographs :

Ryde St John's Church War memorial

St John's Church, Ryde - note entry as SGT. R.S. KNOTT
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 22 November 2013 (added RSHG link)


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