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30271   Private William Richard McKnight
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/05/1891
Died: 05/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Summary      
William Richard McKnight was the son of Thomas and Margaret McKnight. William was born on 9th May 1891 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. William McKnight emigrated to New Zealand. Before enlisting, William worked as an iron monger for a Mr Darragh in Fielding, New Zealand. Private William Richard McKnight was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment, part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, when he was killed in action in Le Cateau, France on 5th October 1918. He was 27 years old. Private John McKnight, who also hailed from Fivemiletown, also had parents called Thomas and Margaret. It is very possible that these two were brothers.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial
  Bapaume, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty 1738759
Summary      
Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial is situated in Grevillers British Cemetery. Grevillers is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 3 kilometres west of Bapaume. From Bapaume take the RD929 in the direction of Amiens, turn immediately right onto the RD7, where a signpost indicates the direction of the cemetery. After 500 metres turn left at junction onto RD29, where a signpost again indicates the cemetery, which is on the right after a further 50 metres
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Fivemiletown Methodist Church Roll Of Honour Fivemiletown
2 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 69
References and Links
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1 Archives New Zealand Military documents of William Richard McKnight
2 New Zealand Cenotaph Database Details of William McKnight
3 NOK Address in Ireland Thomas and Margaret McKnight, Parents, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Ireland
4 NZ War Graves Project Details of William McKnight
5 Private John McKnight Possibly a brother of Private William R McKnight