WWI Memorial Cross of Lieutenant N.G. Knight
WWI Memorial Cross of Lieutenant N.G. Knight - (Lieut. N.G. KNIGHT). Naming is officially engraved. Light contact, gilt wear on the reverse, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing thirteen pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records and Medical Records (complete with diagrams), along with printed copies his Attestation Paper, Service Records and assorted research papers. Footnote: Norman Godwin Knight was born in February 1888 in Surrey, England, the son of Mrs. M. Woodhall of "Alberta", Canon Road, Ramsgate, Kent, England. He signed his Attestation Paper on February 1, 1915 in Pincher Creek, Alberta, with the 13th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcing Draft, naming his mother as his next-o-kin, stating that he had five years previous military service with the East Kent Territorials as a Corporal and seven years with the 23rd Alberta Rangers as a Sergeant Major, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Rancher. He was named Acting Sergeant two days later on the 3rd. The 13th Mounted Rifle Battalion was organized on March 15, 1915, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Knight arrived in England on August 23, 1915 and was taken on strength at the Canadian Corps Depot at Shorncliffe on September 10th, three days after being named Lance Corporal, which was soon to be followed by a promotion to Corporal on the 14th. He saw addition promotions, to Lance Sergeant on October 1st, then to Sergeant on November 9th. Knight was transferred to the Fort Garry Horse on January 21, 1916, later reverting to Corporal at his own request on February 1st. He was appointed as Temporary Lieutenant on January 28, 1917, cited in the London Gazette for such on February 22nd. While with the Fort Garry Horse, he had had several attacks of pain in his abdomen during the previous six months before being admitted to No. 2 Red Cross Hospital at Rouen with Appendicitis on June 20, 1917, then invalided to England on the 26th, where he was admitted to No.1 Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Hyde Park Place in London on the 26th. His condition worsened, as he suffered "considerable distension with (the) rise in temperature", as noted on July 3rd and declared "seriously ill" on July 4th, passing away the following day from post-Appendectomy Peritonitis. Knight officially "died of disease" on July 5, 1917, while serving with the Fort Garry Horse, at the age of 18 and is buried in Hampstead Cemetery, London, England, Grave Reference: WB. 415. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal posthumously for his war service, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and France. His mother, Mrs. M. Woodhall, received his Memorial Cross.