In memory of

Sergeant

Arthur George Knight VC

who died on 3 Sep 1918


Service details
  Conflict WWI
  Service Army
  Unit 10th Battalion, Alberta Regiment
  Rank Sergeant
  Service number 426402
  Date of death 19180903
  Cause of death died of wounds
  Decorations Victoria Cross
Narrative history
  426402 Sergeant (10th Battalion, Alberta Regiment) Arthur George Knight (b.1886) received the Victoria Cross and the Croix de guerre (France) posthumously for action at Villers-lez-Cagnicourt, Pas-de-Calais, France, 19180902. Knight died of his wounds the next day and is buried at the Dominion cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt. He was the son of Edward Henry Knight of Mead Vale near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. Arthur was born at Lewes, East Sussex, but lived at Regina and worked as a carpenter from 1911 until he enlisted late in 1914.

Victoria Cross citation 19181112:
For most conspicuous bravery, initiative, and devotion to duty when, after an unsuccessful attack, Serjt. Knight led a bombing section forward, under very heavy fire of all descriptions, and engaged the enemy at close quarters. Seeing that his party continued to be held up, he dashed forward alone, bayoneting several of the enemy machine-gunners and trench-mortar crews, and forcing the remainder to retire in confusion. He then brought forward a Lewis gun and directed his fire on the retreating enemy, inflicting many casualties. In the subsequent advance of his platoon in pursuit, Serjt. Knight saw a party of about thirty of the enemy go into a deep tunnel which led off the trench. He again dashed forward alone, and, having killed one officer and two N.C.O.S., captured twenty other ranks. Subsequently he routed, single-handed, another enemy party which was opposing the advance of his platoon. On each occasion he displayed the greatest valour under fire at very close range, and by his example of courage, gallantry and initiative was a wonderful inspiration to all. This very gallant N.C.O. was subsequently fatally wounded.
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Memorial information
  Saskatchewan rural municipality for commemoration 159 - Sherwood
  Cemetery or memorial location Dominion cemetery, Hendecourt-lès-Cagnicourt, Pas-de-Calais, France    

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  Honour roll location(s) ------
  Geo-memorial Knight Lake, Saskatchewan     
  Geo-memorial location 59.0667°N / 102.5°W
  Geo-memorial NTS map reference 64M2
  Geo-memorial details North of Kingston Lake. A plaque has been erected in his honour at 1843 Rae St., Regina, and Knight and Sussex Crescents in Coventry Park were named in his honour.
Personal information
  Date of birth 18860626
  Place of birth Lewes, East Sussex, England    (Please click here for map.)
  Date of enlistment 19141219
  Place of enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Residence on enlistment Regina    (Please click here for map.)
  Occupation carpenter
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