Richard John KNIGHT

Regimental number6840
Place of birthGoornong Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressHuntly via Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alma Louisa Knight, Huntly via Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Mereaucourt Wood on 28 August 1918.
Recommendation date: "9 and 13 september 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the assault on a hostile trench system West of MEREAUCOURT WOOD, West of PERONNE, on 28th August 1918, this soldier displayed great courage and coolness. It was noticed that some of the enemy were escaping from the farther end of a succession of dugouts and covered-in trenches at a distance of about fifty yards in front of his Platoon's advance. Immediately he saw this, Private Knight jumped up out of the trench under heavy close machine gun fire and ran to a point ahead of the dugouts, thus preventing the further escape of the enemy. He was responsible for rounding up many prisoners under heavy sniping fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal