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Arthur George Knight

In memory of
Sergeant
Arthur George Knight
September 3, 1918

Military Service:

Service Number:
426402
Age:
32
Force:
Army
Unit:
Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)
Division:
10th Battalion
Citation(s):
Croix de Guerre (France)
Victoria Cross An extract from the London Gazette," No. 31012, dated November 12, 1918, records the following:
For most conspicuous bravery, initiative, and devotion to duty when, after an unsuccessful attack, Serjt. Knight led a bombing section forward, under very heavy fire of all descriptions, and engaged the enemy at close quarters. Seeing that his party continued to be held up, he dashed forward alone, bayoneting several of the enemy machine-gunners and trench-mortar crews, and forcing the remainder to retire in confusion. He then brought forward a Lewis gun and directed his fire on the retreating enemy, inflicting many casualties. In the subsequent advance of his platoon in pursuit, Serjt. Knight saw a party of about thirty of the enemy go into a deep tunnel which led off the trench. He again dashed forward alone, and, having killed one officer and two N.C.O.S., captured twenty other ranks. Subsequently he routed, single-handed, another enemy party which was opposing the advance of his platoon. On each occasion he displayed the greatest valour under fire at very close range, and by his example of courage, gallantry and initiative was a wonderful inspiration to all. This very gallant N.C.O. was subsequently fatally wounded.
Honours and Awards:
Victoria Cross

Additional Information:

Born:
June 26, 1886 Haywards Heath, Sussex, England
Enlistment:
December 19, 1914 Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of Edward Henry Knight, of Mead Vale, Red Hill, England. Sgt Knight lived and worked as a carpenter in Regina, Saskatchewan before the war. A plaque has been erected at his former residence, 1843 Rae St. It is attached to an older apartment block. Two streets have been named in his honour, Knight and Sussex Crescents which are located in Coventry Park, a subdivision in west central Regina that was developed just after the Second World War. Coventry Park was named for the English cathedral city that took such a blasting from German bombers.

Commemorated on Page 443 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Arthur George Knight is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
DOMINION CEMETERY ; Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference:
I. F. 15.
Location:
Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt is in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 16 kilometres south-east of Arras and 4 kilometres south of the Arras-Cambrai main road. DOMINION CEMETERY is 2.5 kilometres north-east of the village, about 545 metres from the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Biographical Information
  • Photographs
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • Photographs – Sgt. A.G. Knight, V.C
  • Award Citation – Personal Information Sheet
  • Service Records (front) – Casualty Form - Active Service - Sheet 1
  • Service Records (back) – Casualty Form - Active Service - Sheet 1
  • Service Records (front) – Casualty Form - Active Service - Sheet 2
  • Service Records (back) – Casualty Form - Active Service - Sheet 2
  • Medical Records
  • Photo of Arthur George Knight – Sergeant Arthur Knight was a former member of the Church Lads' Brigade at St. Mary Magdalene, Reigate, Company No. 2015.
  • Crest – Sergeant Arthur Knight was a former member of the Church Lads' Brigade at St. Mary Magdalene, Reigate, Surrey Company No. 2015.
  • Gravemarker
  • Roll of Honour – Victoria Cross holder Arthur George Knight's entry  at St Wilfrid's school, Haywards Heath, W Sussex, UK on the Roll of Honour commemorating pupils that died in the Great War.
  • St Wilfrids school – Formerly the Infant Department of St Wilfrids school, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK attended by Arthur George Knight VC. His name appears on the Roll of Honour board now housed in the new school in Eastern Road, Haywards Heath.

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