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Reginald Percy KNIGHT

Regimental number714
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressBellingen, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W E Knight, Bellingen, North Coast, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 February 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 11, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll714A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Working Party
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At Meteren on 31st May, 1918, Private KNIGHT volunteered and carried out a daylight reconnaissance with a view to securing information regaarding the garrison of an enemy post. He crawled through a Wheat Crop to within a few yards of the post and not observing any movement entered same. On looking into a dugout he discovered a German Officer whom he shot immediately. The disturbance aroused the remainder of the garrison who immediately attacked Private KNIGHT. With great coolness he shot the foremost of the party and effected his escape into the wheat field. From this position he gain opened fire on the enemy and then returned to our line. He showed a fine spirit of courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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