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18/09/2021 William Richard McKnight was the son of Thomas and Margaret McKnight. Thomas McKnight and Margaret Girven were married on 22nd November 1883 in the district of Fermanagh.
18/09/2021 Private William McKnight is listed on page 571 on the Fermanagh War Dead book and on page 69 of the Fivemiletown War Dead book.
18/09/2021 Private William McKnight is also commemorated on Enniskillen War Memorial, along with his brother.
18/09/2021 Private McKnight is commemorated locally on the WWI Roll of Honour in Fivemiletown Methodist Church and also on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
18/09/2021 The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 7 in Derrynavogy, Corralongford, County Fermanagh.. They remained a farming family. The census showed his parents had four children, all of which were still living.
18/09/2021 The townland of Derrynavogy straddles the Fermanagh – Tyrone county boundary.
18/09/2021 The 1901 census lists William as age 9, living with the family at house 5 in Derrynavogy, Corralongford, County Fermanagh. They were a farming family. They were all born in County Fermanagh.
18/09/2021 Family: Thomas McKnight, Margaret McKnight, Anne McKnight (born 10th October 1884), John McKnight (born 1st January 1887), Thomas McKnight (born 3rd July 1889), William McKnight (born 8th May 1891).
18/09/2021 William was born on 8th May 1891 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.
18/09/2021 Private William McKnight has no known grave and is commemorated on the Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial.
18/09/2021 William’s brother, Private John McKnight, also died in the war.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private William McKnight as the son of Thomas and Margaret McKnight of Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Ireland.
30/12/2015 Private William Richard McKnight was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment, part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, when he was killed in action in Le Cateau, France on 5th October 1918.
30/12/2015 Private McKnight embarked from Wellington, New Zealand on the 30th December 1916 with the 14th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, (F Company) of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, bound for Plymouth.
30/12/2015 William Richard McKnight enlisted on 22nd August 1916 in Canterbury. He gave his next of kin as his father, Mr T McKnight of Fivemiletown.
30/12/2015 Prior to enlisting, William worked as an iron monger for a Mr J Darragh in Fielding, New Zealand.
30/12/2015 William McKnight emigrated to New Zealand.
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