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30271   Private William Richard McKnight
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/05/1891
Died: 05/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
William Richard McKnight was the son of Thomas and Margaret McKnight. He was born on 8th May 1891 in Fivemiletown. They were a farming family from Derrynavogy, which straddles the Fermanagh Tyrone county boundary. William McKnight emigrated to New Zealand. Prior to enlisting, William worked as an iron monger for a Mr J Darragh in Fielding, New Zealand. Private McKnight was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment when he was killed in action in Le Cateau, France on 5th October 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial
  Bapaume, Pas-de-Calais, 
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty 1738759
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 War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
2 Fivemiletown Methodist Church Roll Of Honour Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 69
2 Fermanagh War Memorial Book 571
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McKnight family Lists William as age 9 living with the family at house 5 in Derrynavoggy, Corrylongford, Fermanagh
2 1911 Census lists McKnight family Does not list William as living with the family at house 7 in Derrynavogy, Corralongford, Fermanagh
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents (19 no) of William Richard McKnight
4 Brother - Private John McKnight Brother of Private William R McKnight
5 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private William Richard McKnight
6 NOK Address in Ireland Thomas and Margaret McKnight, Parents, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Ireland
7 NZ War Graves Project Photo of William McKnight's inscription
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023