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Knight family fonds
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- Knight (family)
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1 cm of textual records. - 1 photograph
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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. Born in Ardley, Alberta in 1917 and raised in England, Talbot Knight joined the Royal Air Force in 1933 and after a 3 year apprenticeship was posted to Egypt. In World War Two he was assigned as a Corporal to 242 Fighter Squadron with other Canadians living in Britain. Narrowly escaping capture at Dunkirque and LeMans, Flight Sergeant Talbot was finally captured by the Japanese in 1942 and spent 3 years in Japanese prison camps in Malaya, Java, and the Molucca Islands. On 21 August 1945 he was released from prison and on 17 September flown out to Calcutta on an American Skymaster. A week later he returned to England on a Royal Air Force Dakota. Following the War Talbot was promoted to Squadron Leader within the Special Air Service and then appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Royal Air Force. he died in 1999. Arthur Knight was born in 1925 and was living in Victoria, BC in 2005.
The records were in the possession of Arthur Knight, son of Corporal Abel Knight and brother of Talbot Knight.
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The fonds contains 1 photograph, 1 newsclipping, correspondence, diary excerpts and autobiographical material related to the Knight family, and in particular Corporal Abel Knight, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and Talbot Knight, Royal Air Force.
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Gift of Arthur Knight, 2002.
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Record No. 02.47
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