Private 9186 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment
Richard Knott was born 1 May 1892 in Ashford Middlesex, and his parents were Thomas Farris Knott and his wife Edith.
The censuses record that in 1891 Thomas Farris Knott was a Police Constable at Ashford Middlesex, and in 1901 his family lived in Deptford and his father was a Metropolitan Police Constable. In 1911 the family lived in 1 Eynsford Villas in Chandlers Road, Ash Vale. Thomas Knott was by then a Police Pensioner and Greengrocer, now self employed. Richard and his brother were unemployed labourers, and his two younger siblings were still at school.
Richard enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment 10 July 1911 in Aldershot. He was a gardener and had blue eyes and fair hair. He was 5 feet 11¾ inches tall and weighed 142 lbs. He had formerly been in The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment Special Reserve.
Richard was in India when War broke out. He landed in lower Mesopotamia 6 November 1914 and earned the 1914/15 Star. He was wounded severely in action near Shaiba on 14 April 1915 and died at Shaiba.
The Aldershot Gazette and Military News 7 May 1915 reported that Richard Knott had been killed in the Persian Gulf. He had been a well built fellow 6 foot 4 inches tall, and would have been 23 on 1 May. Richard Knott had been in uniform for 5 years, formerly in the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, and was in the band of the Dorsetshire Regiment when stationed at Blackdown. Richard’s parents now lived in Ash Street.
Richard’s parents Thomas Farris and Edith Florence Knott lived at Dorset in Grove Road in 1921.