Robert Stanley KNILL

KNILL, Robert Stanley

Service Number: 1538
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of wounds, France, 2 September 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fouquescourt British Cemetery
Fouquescourt British Cemetery, Fouquescourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Henley Beach Council Fallen WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW1 Service Roll, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Old Scholars Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, North Adelaide Christ Church Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Christ Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Involvement Corporal, 1538, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked Corporal, 1538, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
2 Sep 1918: Involvement Sergeant, 1538, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Sergeant R. S. (Bob) Knill, of the 27th Battalion, has been killed in action somewhere in France. He was 21 years of age last May and was the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Knill, of Huntriss-street,  Torrensville. He enlisted in January, 1915, and served on Gallipoli Peninsula. He was transferred with the first of the Australians to France. He contracted pneumonia and was sent to England, and on his recovery went to Aldershot as an instructor. He also belonged to the No. 10 class of the Headquarters Gymnasium who performed befor the King and Queen and who were highly commended for their  soldierly appearance. Sergeant Knill had the honor of being one of the first Australians to win the cross swords. Previous to enlisting he was employed in the traffic department of the South Australian  Railways. He was at Bowden for a considerable time, and afterwards at Kilkenny. He will be missed by Port line travellers, with whom he was very popular.

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