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William KNOX

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Surname: KNOX

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Manchester, Lancashire

Service No: L/723

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'K' Anti Aircraft Battery

Division: division unknown

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1917-06-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. H. 5.

CWGC Cemetery: FAUBOURG D’AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Knox was the son of John and Ann Knox, née Carroll. Ann was born at Skipton, Yorkshire.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Skipton Union Workhouse - William Knox, aged 10 years, born Skipton [sic]. Pauper. [William’s mother, Annie, was boarding with her sister, Margaret Walters, née Carroll at 23, Eastgate, Skipton. Annie’s daughter, Maggie, was living with her uncle and aunt, Michael and Sarah Hogan, née Carroll at 10, Commercial Street, Skipton.]

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 5, The Ginnel - William Knox, aged 17 years, born Leeds, Yorkshire, son of Mrs. A. (Annie) Knox, widow, aged 49 years, born Skipton. [William's sister, Margaret Knox, aged 21 years, born Skipton, was also living there.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr William Knox, L/723, R.F.A. D. of W. 5.6.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls Gnr William Knox, L/723, R.F.A. Died of Wds. 5.6.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr William Knox, L/723, 'K' A/A Bty R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: 5.6.17. In the Field. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister and Sole Legatee - Margaret. £12 14s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Gunner William Knox, L/723, R.F.A. Date and cause of death: 5.6.17. Died of Wounds. Dependant: Miss Margaret Knox. Address: 10, Southey Street, Skipton, Yorkshire. Relationship: Sister. Gratuity. Date awarded: 15.12.17.

William is commemorated on the Accrington War Memorial. Before joining the Army he lived at 10, Midland Street, Accrington, Lancashire (source: Greater Accrington Roll of Honour 1914-1919).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

KNOX, Gunner W., aged 23, R.G.A., 10, Southey Street, Skipton, died of wounds June 4, 1917.

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Gunner William KNOX

Gunner William KNOX

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

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Surname: KNOX

Forename(s): William

Born: Manchester, Lancs

Residence:

Enlisted: Accrington, Lancs

Number: 723

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 05/06/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: KNOX

Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: L/723

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: "K" Anti Aircraft Bty.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 05/06/1917

Additional Information:

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06 July 1917

KNOX – Died from wounds received in action on the Western Front, June 4th, 1917, Gunner William Knox, R.G.A., whose sister resides at 10, Southey Street, Skipton, aged 23 years.

06 July 1917

CRAVEN AND THE WAR – GUNNER WM. KNOX, R.G.A.

The relatives of Gunner W.M. Knox, R.G.A., have received an official intimation that he had died from wounds received in action on June 4th. Captain Walter Campbell, in a letter to his sister who resides at 10, Southey Street, Skipton, says – “If the official intimation has not yet reached you, I am awfully sorry to be perhaps the first to give you some sad news about your brother. He has been very severely wounded in action on the 4th, and I fear there is very little chance of his recovery, as it is a head wound. We were shelled a good deal that day and a bit unluckily caught him. He had only joined this Battery – K anti-aircraft – last Christmas, but had worked very well and was very popular with the other men.

“Since I started this letter I have heard with much regret that your brother has succumbed, but from enquiries I have made you may feel happier to know that he can have suffered no pain. Please accept my sincere sympathy with you and your family in your loss.”

Deceased was in his 24th year, worked on the L. and Y. Railway in the goods department, and was stationed at Accrington prior to enlisting in May 1915. He went out to France in January 1916.

07 June 1918

KNOX – In loving memory of Gunner William Knox, who was killed in action, June 5th, 1917 – R.I.P.

His memory is as sweet today
As in the hour he passed away.

From his Sister.

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06 July 1917

KNOX – Died of wounds June 4th, Gunner W. Knox, of the R.G.A., whose sister resides at 10, Southey Street, Skipton, aged 23.

06 July 1917

ANOTHER SKIPTON SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS

Gunner William Knox, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, died from wounds received in action on June 4th. Capt. Wm. Campbell writing to Gunner Knox’s sister states:– “If the official intimation has not reached you, I am awfully sorry to be perhaps the first to give you some sad information about your brother. He has been very severely wounded in action on the 4th, and I fear there is very little chance for his recovery, as it is a head wound. We were shelled a good deal that day, and a bit unluckily caught him. He had only joined his battery – K anti aircraft – last Christmas, but had worked very well and was very popular with the other men.”

He adds:– “Since I started this letter I have heard with much regret that your brother has succumbed, but from enquiries I have made you may feel happier to know that he can have suffered no paid. Please accept my sincere sympathy with you and your family in your loss.”

The deceased, who was in his 24th year, worked on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in the Goods Department, stationed at Accrington, prior to enlisting in May, 1915. He went out to France in January, 1916.

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