Knight, Abel

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Knight, Abel

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1883-1938

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1755 Abel Brereton Knight was born 26 February 1883 in Manchester, England and left home at the age of 16 to join the Lincolnshire Regiment. He served in the Boer War and in India until his discharge in 1911. He returned to England but was sent to Canada as a remittance man in 1913 and joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 25 August 1914. Promoted to Corporal he was wounded (and gassed) 3 May 1915 and subsequently lost his eyesight. He returned to England to recover before emigrating back to Canada in 1915. As one of the first returned war wounded, Abel fought for benefits for the returning soldiers. He formed the "Overseas Veterans League" which became the British Empire Service League, the forerunner of the Canadian Legion founded in 1925. Abel Knight married Dorothy Fenner in 1916 and had 5 children in Canada, Talbot, Patricia, Ronald, Betty and Edward. Two more children were later born in England, including Arthur. The family moved first to Halifax and then returned to England so that Abel could learn Braille. He died in England in 1938.

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