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Walter Nelson KNIGHTS

Regimental number3487
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address19 Devonshire Square, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, W N Knights, 9 Devonshire Square, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Medal

'Action at MOUQUET FARM. On morning of 3rd September, 1916, worked a Lewis gun with great daring. The Germans counter attacked onto our barricade with bombs along the trench early on morning of 3rd September, 1916, during which time Lance Corporal KNIGHTS kept up a sweeping fire preventing them from leaving the trench, and working at our barricade from shell holes. He greatly assisted other Lewis guns in keeping down snipers in German communication trenches on morning of 3rd September, 1916, and after they had shot several of our snipers beside his gun, he continued to work it, gaining superiority of fire. He was eventually wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Date of death17 November 1961
Place of burialCornelian Bay Crematorium

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