Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

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Corporal Ernest Albert Alick Knight

Ernest Albert Alick Knight (always known as Alick, which is misspelt as “Alec” on the board in St Andrew’s Church) was born in Sutton, Surrey in 1897, the son of Albert Edward Knight (born in Swindon on 27 July 1871) and Annie Jacob (born in Barton on 14 February 1872). His parents were married at St Andrew’s Church in Old Headington on 27 October 1895. At the time of his marriage in 1895, Alick’s father was a bricklayer improver (junior bricklayer), but soon afterwards he joined the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and was a career soldier, becoming a Sergeant in the 43rd Battalion. Hence his three children were born in army barracks:

* Ernest Albert Alick Knight (born in Sutton, Surrey on 27 January 1897)
* Violet Knight (born in the Punjab in c.1899)
* Ruth Knight (born in Cowley in c.1902).

By the time of the 1911 census Alick (14) was working as a newsboy at the station book stall, while his father Albert (39) was an army pensioner and working as a night watchman. The family were then living at 53 Pembroke Street (now renamed Rectory Road) in Cowley St John parish, and had several lodgers.

Alick’s father died at the age of 41 and was buried in Headington Cemetery on 29 April 1913. His widow brought the children back with her to live in Barton, Headington, probably with her parents.

Poppy In the First World War Alick Knight served as a Corporal in the ill-fated 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 267352). He was wounded in France on 31 August 1917 and was presumably taken to hospital in Rouen, where he died at the age of 20. He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery extension there (P. III. A. 2B) and is listed on the Roll of Honour of St Andrew’s Church, Old Headington.

After the War

Alick Knight’s mother lived to be 91, which meant that she survived her husband by over fifty years and her son by 46 years. She was buried in Headington Cemetery with her parents, George and Elizabeth Jacob, and her husband.

Alick is also remembered on their gravestone (left), which reads:

In loving memory of

Elizabeth Jacob
died 22.6.1904, aged 65,
wife of
George Jacob,
died 29.1.1927, aged 92

Annie Knight (nee Jacob)
14.2.1872–26.8.1963

Albert Knight (Sgt. 43 O.B.L.I.)
27.7.1871–29.4.1913

and their son Alick Knight
(Cpl 2/4 O.B.L.I.) 27.1.1897–29.8.1917

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