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7802   Private John McKnight
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 13/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/01/1887
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
John McKnight was the eldest son of Thomas and Margaret McKnight. He was born on 1st January 1887 in Cooneen, Co. Fermanagh. He was the second of four children. They were a farming family from Derrynavogy, which straddles the Fermanagh / Tyrone county boundary. Private John McKnight was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France at the Battle of Festubert on 16th May 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 853857
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

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

No Name Page
1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 12
2 Fermanagh War Memorial Book 145
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists a John Knight Lists John as age 21 a farm servant at house 13 in Ballyreagh, Ballyreagh, Fermanagh
2 1901 Census lists McKnight family Does not list John as living with the family at house 5 in Derrynavoggy, Corrylongford, Fermanagh
3 1911 Census lists McKnight family Does not list John as living with the family at house 7 in Derrynavogy, Corralongford, Fermanagh
4 Brother - Private William McKnight Brother of Private John McKnight
5 Poor photo of Private John McKnight's inscription
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John McKnight's inscription can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023