Bertie Rowbottom KNIGHT

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KNIGHT, Bertie Rowbottom

Service Number: 2594
Enlisted: 5 June 1915, Cobram , Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Benalla, Victoria, Australia, 30 June 1895
Home Town: Cobram, Moira, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 27 June 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Berks Cemetery Extension
Row A, Grave 18
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Benalla War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2594, Cobram , Victoria
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2594, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2594, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne

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Biography

 

Bertie Rowbottom KNIGHT was born in 1895 in Benalla, Victoria

His parents were Charles George KNIGHT and Lucy Sarah PERRIN

He enlisted on 5th June 1915 with the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion - Unit embakred Melbourne on HMAT Anchises on 26th August, 1915

His brother 2595 Pte. Hugh Menoah KNIGHT (/explore/people/71856) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1917 

Bertie was Killed in Action on 27th June 1916  and is buried in the Berks Cemetery Extension in Belgium, Row A, Grave No. 18 - he also has a memorial plaque at the Benalla Lawn & Memorial Cemetery in Victoria

OBITUARY - The Argus 5th August, 1916

Our dear brother, Private Bertie Rowbottom Knight, Killed in Action in France June 27, 1916 aged 21 years 6 days.

They gave their life for their country - for honour, faith and right

With us their memory ever lives - They fought a noble fight

Midst the roaring of the battle, and the rain of shot & shell

Fighting for home and country - They like heroes fell.

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Bertie enlisted in Cobram at the age of 19 the same day as his brother Hugh who was 21, they gave their address as "Tarnpirr" Cobram. Bert also stated he had been a member of the Cobram Rifle Club for 18 months. Arriving in Egypt in late 1915 after serving for a few weeks at Gallipoli, Bertie got into a bit of strife being charged in January 1916 with being absent without leave for two days, also breaking bounds, and losing all of his kit. He was fined 7 pounds for the kit and awarded 28 days field punishment for the other offences. He wrote a letter in January 1916, which was published in the Cobram Courier, “I have been in the land of the Pharaohs for about 6 weeks and I do not think I have seen anything worth talking about, the country is not what it is cracked up to be, ...my only wish is to get to the front. I suppose I will stop my bit of lead, but somebody has to stop it. There are a lot of badly wounded men here in hospitals; some have lost both eyes and limbs.”

Bertie was sent to France with the 7th Battalion in March 1916, and he and another man became the first men killed from the 7th Battalion at Ploegsteert in Belgium when a shell landed in their trench, also badly wounding Hugh Knight, Bertie's brother who was with them at the time. Hugh recovered from his wounds and was sent back to Australia. Bertie was buried in Belgium, a few weeks short of his 21st birthday.

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