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14 Jun 1899
Horace was born on 14th June 1899 in Nottingham and was the son of William a bricklayer and Emma Knight née Meek of 5 Randolph Street Carlton Road Nottingham. His father was born in 1863 in Loughborough , his mother Emma Meek was born in 1862 in Nottingham, they were married in 1883 in Nottingham and went on to have 12 children, sadly 6 of whom were to died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were William b1884, Harold b1892, May b1895, Horace b1889, Elsie b1902, Claude b1905; all were born in Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at 5 Randolph Street, Carlton Road, Nottingham, and are shown as William 48 yrs a bricklayer he is living with his wife Emma 49 yrs a lace clipper and their children William 27 yrs a brick layer, Harold 19 yrs a carter, May 16 yrs a tailoress, Horace 11 yrs a scholar, Elsie 9 yrs a scholar and Claude 6 yrs.
01 Aug 1918
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1/9th Bn Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Private Horace Knight, enlisted on 29th May 1915 at Nottingham, he gave his age as 19 yrs and 2 months (he was actually 16 years) and his address as 5 Randolph Street, Carlton, Nottingham, he was a painter. That day he was posted to the 16th battalion Sherwood Foresters. Following his training he landed in France on 20th October 1916. However on 18th November 1916 his true age was discovered and he was returned to his base depot. He was returned to England on 3rd December 1916. He was later transferred to the 1/9th Battalion Royal Scots Regiment and on 4th April 1918 he landed once again in France and joined his battalion in the field on 11th April 1918. He was killed in action on 1st August 1918 and is buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire.
In memoriam published 1st August 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “KNIGHT. – In loving memory Pte. Horace Knight, Royal Scots, killed in action August 1st, 1918. Not gone from memory, nor from love, but gone to our Father's house above. – From heart-broken mother, father, sisters, brothers, and fiancée Ada.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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