Knights, Wilfred Henry Ethelbert

Knights, Wilfred Henry Ethelbert MM


Military History:


Regiment:                               Machine Gun Corps
(previously Bedfordshire Regiment)

Rank:                                      Corporal

Regimental Number:             16776 (previously 6800)

Date of Enlisting:                   9.8.1914

Date of death:                        28.6.1969

Cemetery/ Memorial:             Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Wilfred enlisted with the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, Regimental Number 6800 on 9th August 1914. He was embarked to the Western Front, France and Flanders on 13 May 1915. Wilfred transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, Regimental Number 16776, and in 1917 was awarded the Military Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire. He survived the War and was discharged on 4th July 1918 as no longer fit for service.

Wilfred was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the Silver War Badge and the Military Medal. All of Wilfred’s medals are held by the Ashwell Museum.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                4.5.1894

Birth Place:                   Barley, Hertfordshire

Residence:                     Ware, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      2nd quarter 1919


Wilfred was born in Barley, Hertfordshire on 4th May 1894. It is not known who his parents were. The 1901 census shows him living in Ashwell Hertfordshire with Annie Tyrrell and her daughter Jessie. Wilfred was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Wilfred married Hilda Sarah Beatrice Hales in Ashwell in the 2nd quarter 1919. They lived in Back Street, Ashwell until Hilda died on 15 June 1944. It is not known if they had children.

Sadly, Wilfred died at Western House Workhouse, Ware, Hertfordshire on 28th June 1969.




Name:Wilfred Henry Ethelbert Knights MM
Birth Place:Barley, Hertfordshire
Residence:Western House, Ware, Hertfordshire
Death Date:28.6.1969
Enlistment Place:Not known
Regiment:Machine Gun Corps

(previously Bedfordshire Regiment)

Battalion:(previously 1st Battalion)
Regimental Number:16776 (previously 6800)
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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