Coleshill Remembers World War 1
As a free service to the World War 1 commemoration year, ST-IT Limited have created and are hosting a free database of Coleshill connected veterans.
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Entry for Private Thomas Knight
9th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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Commemorated on the plaque at the Roman Catholic Church. Thomas Knight was born on 7th August 1897 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, and christened on 1st September 1897 at Daw Green. His parents were John and Mary Knight. Thomas Knight is connected with the St Paul’s Home, Coleshill, and the St Vincent’s Home, Birmingham. Thomas Knight enlisted in the 9th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the outbreak of the Great War, when he was just 16 years old. When his real age was discovered he was sent to do munitions work, but later joined his Regiment on active service. Private Knight (service number 11281) was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 12th February 1917 and is remembered in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. He was awarded the Victory and British medals.
St Vincent’s Journal No. 22, Spring 1916 One of our boys, Tommy Knight, was doing some useful work with a machine gun, when he was sent home through his correct age having been discovered. It is wonderful how keen some of these youngsters are. St Vincent’s Journal No. 23, Summer 1916 Thomas Knight called at St Vincent’s during the past quarter. St Vincent’s Journal No.26, Spring 1917. T Knight was killed in action in the Mesopotamia fighting on the 12th February, 1917. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted, being then but sixteen years old. After some months he was recalled to do munition work, but soon left to join his regiment at his own request. He was 18 last August.