Regimental number2212
Place of birthKilkenny, Co. Donagh, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 5.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, John McKnight, Kilkenny Glantis PO, County Donegal, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Navy; discharged owing to leg troubles.
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, Canal Zone, 3 February 1916 (pneumonia); transferred to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia; to Base, 11 February 1916; to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 February 1916; discharged from hospital, 25 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 28 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 6 June 1916. Marched out from No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, to 6th Training Bn, Larkhill, 5 December 1916. Found guilty, 7 January 1917, of neglect of duty: awarded 5 days confined to camp.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; joined 21st Bn, 24 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm and cheek: severe), and admitted to hospital (no details recorded); transferred to England, 19 May 1917, and admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 21 May 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 13 September 1917. Discharged from hospital, 28 September 1917, and granted furlough to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HMAT 'Themistocles', 5 November 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 31 December 1917; discharged, 12 February 1918 (medically unfit: gun shot wound, left arm and left thigh).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

SourcesNAA: B2455, McKNIGHT Edward