Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Robert Thomas Knox

In memory of:

Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant (WO.II) Robert Thomas Knox

July 6, 1940

Military Service


Service Number:

B/94646

Age:

39

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps

Division:

2 Army Field Workshop

Additional Information


Son of Robert and Helen Knox; husband of Florence Knox, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 15 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

3. N. 5.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Temporary Grave Marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Photo provided by The Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project. Volunteer Mike Symmonds
  • Memorial Plaque– This memorial plaque, located in the Old City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, commemorates the deaths, on July 6, 1940, of Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant (WO.II) ROBERT THOMAS KNOX, Private LESLIE HERBERT SWORD, and Staff Sergeant JOHN FRANCIS BAILEY, all of 2 Army Field Workshop, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps.  They were the first Canadian casualties due to enemy action in the United Kingdom in the Second World War.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant (WO.II) ROBERT THOMAS KNOX, Private LESLIE HERBERT SWORD, and Staff Sergeant JOHN FRANCIS BAILEY, all of 2 Army Field Workshop, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, who were killed on July 6, 1940, were the first Canadian casualties due to enemy action in the United Kingdom in the Second World War.  Their deaths brought the number of deaths in the Canadain Active Service Force Overseas to 29 according to the 8th casualty list of the National Defense Department published in the Globe and Mail on July 9, 1940.  The others presumably died in circumstances not related in enemy action in the United Kingdom.

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