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KENNARD, ALBERT HENRY
Son of Frederick Kennard, a gamekeeper.
The family lived at Elm Cottage, Meadow Walk, Walton-on-the Hill.
Albert, a labourer, married Anna Bella Baldwin of
All Saints Church
|KING-SEVENS, LIONEL EUSTACE See L. E. King Stephens|
KING-STEPHENS, LIONEL EUSTACE
Lionel was resident clerk at the Banstead branch of the London & Provincial Bank, on the corner of the High Street and Avenue Road.
Lionel led a wiring party out at night to repair the wire in front of the trenches. Fog allowed them to work on as it got light. As the fog began to clear, Lionel got his men back into the trenches and was just climbing back over the parapet when a shot rang out. Hit in the abdomen, he was evacuated but died at the 43rd Casualty Clearing Station on 20th December 1916.
He was fatally wounded by a sniper in December 1916.
Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
All Saints Church
|KNIGHT, STANLEY CHARLES
Royal Marine Artillery Anti-Aircraft Bde.
Died 12-July-1915 aged 22
Son of Mr. Charles Stafford Knight of 68/70, Fenchurch St., London.and Mrs Lyllie Knight (nee Rowe) born in India in about 1871. Their marriage was registered in the third quarter of 1890 at Marylebone.
Stanley Knight born in Narzeing Essex was 18 years old at the time and an Insurance Clerk.
Stanley had an older brother, Raymond born in Stamford Hill Essex who also worked as an Insurance clerk.Two more much younger siblings were born at Wingfield House, Hugh aged four and Kathleen aged three in 1911. The Knights were at Wingfield house for at least eleven years as there are two entries in the phone book for Charles S Knight Wingfield House, in 1915 the phone number was Burgh Heath 155 and in 1922 it was Burgh Heath 382.
It seems that, having mobilised to Belgium with the unit that Stanley Knight was serving in, Herbert Asquith (one of the then Prime Minister’s 4 sons) became good friends with Stanley Knight. He mentions serving the guns with Stanley in the area of Nieuport, and mentions that Stanley was injured by enemy counter battery artillery fire & subsequently died of his wounds. The following extract is taken from "Gunner Officer on the Western Front: The Story of a Prime Minister’s Son at War " by Herbert Asquith.
After a few weeks of treatment in England I returned to the front, and on arriving at Nieuport I heard that our guns had again been bombarded and that my friend Knight had been hit, and had died of his wounds. He was one of many thousands who had already so fallen, scarcely more than a boy in years, but bearing the fullest burden of a man. I had seen little of him at home, and our friendship had been formed, and suddenly ended, in the queer, unearthly conditions of that strangely twisted world, the line in Flanders; within it he stood forth as a splendid example of boyhood tempered beyond its years by stark experience, now and then impetuous, but a first-rate officer, full of care for his men, gay, gallant, and loved by all."
Whilst not named in the preceding pages, the experiences of training & deployment described by Herbert Asquith in the book will be extremely proximate to those that Stanley Knight experienced.
ADINKERKE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION De Panne West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Portrait by permission of Felsted School.
Extract kindly provided by researcher Andy Bailey (March 2019)
Image of Headstone courtesy of 'Old Sweats' the Great War Forum
Last updated 9 April 2019