William Martin Knight

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William Martin Knight
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1869
Place of Birth Hereford, England
Death 19 Jan 1934
Place of Death 'Cal Lal' Wentworth, New South Wales
Age at Enlistment 48 years, 2 months
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 120 lbs
54.431 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Camel driver
Religion Church of England
Address Roleystone, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Nora Knight
Military Information
Reg Number W14534
Date of Enlistment 28 May 1917 - 22 Aug 1917
"28 May 1917 - 22 Aug 1917" contains more than three components required for a date interpretation.
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation Tunnelling Reinforcements
Fate Did not leave Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial
Roleystone Honour Board
Medals not eligible

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1903 a miner at Harris's Gold Mine Lawlers; 1910 boundary rider in Yalgoo, later in the year an inspector with the Rabbit Department in Burracoppin; 1916 - 1918 at 'Gertie Dale' Roleystone, carrier

War Service

Enlisted in Perth giving his address as Roleystone.

After being allocated to the Tunnellers three weeks later, he was sent to Seymour camp in Victoria for specialist training. There he was found to be medically unfit for the work and was discharged after serving for only 87 days.

Discharged in Victoria - over age. His wife's address was also in Victoria.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1930 Rufus Poultry Farm, Wentworth, carrier.

The Coroner's report dated 21 Jan 1934 into his death declared it to be asphyxia by drowning; wilfully caused by casting himself into the Rufes River at Wentworth. His age was listed as 72 years, 9 months and incorrectly reports him having been born in Queensland. His cash at time of death was estimated at £35, later his estate was valued at £60.[1][2]


At time of enlistment he also recorded his occupation as miner, and address as Kelmscott.

  1. Nerw South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coronor's Inquests, 1821 - 1937 for William Martin Knight Registers of Coroner's Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1834-1942 . 1934-1940
  2. New South Wales, Australia, Index to Deceased Estate Files, 1859 - 1958 for William Martin Knight "Pre A" Series (1923-1939) . Kennedy J - Leigh E

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