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Rugby, Warwickshire
Reginald Knee was born in 1898 at Rugby and was the son of William a driller in a foundry and Rose Eliza Knee née Hayward of 35 Cross Street Newark. His father Wiliam was born in 1866 at Melksham, Wiltshire and his mother Rose Eliza Hayward was born in 1867 at Devizes in Wiltshire, they were married on 24th December 1894 at the Parish Church in Southbroom, Wiltshire, they went on to have 6 children, sadly three were to die in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were Rose Muriel b1896 Devizes, Reginald b 1898 Rugby and Nellie b 1903 Rugby. In the 1911 census the family are living at 2 Mount Zion Square, Eldon Street, Newark and are shown as William 45 yrs a driller at a foundry, he is living with his wife Rose Eliza 44 yrs and their children, Rose Muriel 15 yrs a tailors machinist, Reginald 13 yrs a scholar and Nellie 8 yrs a scholar,
24 Jan 1917
196887 - CWGC Website
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Reginald Knee enlisted on 28th May 1915 at Newark, he was 19 years of age, he gave his address as 2 Mount Zion Square, Eldon Street, Newark, he gave his occupation as that of an apprentice turner ,his next of kin was his father William of the same address. He was posted to the 8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment and landed in France on 16th July 1916. He joined his unit in the field on 19th August 1916 and was killed in action on 24th January 1917 by a trench mortar bomb at Foncquevillers which had caused a number of casualties. He is buried at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery grave reference 1.F.14
Article published 3rd February 1917 in the Newark Herald :- Only son of Mr & Mrs Knee, 35 Cross Street, Newark. Was a scholar at Christ Church School and afterwards a machine hand at Messrs. Ransomes. He joined the local regiment in April 1915 and went out to France in July last. Transferred to a Lewis gun team a few weeks before his death. They were in the front line trenches when a large trench mortar bomb burst in their midst.
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