Stanley (Stan) KNIGHT

KNIGHT, Stanley

Service Number: 12200
Enlisted: 22 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Brunsick, Victoria, 1895
Home Town: Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Heidelberg, VIctoria, 15 October 1932, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Box Hill General Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

22 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 12200, 6th Field Artillery Brigade
28 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, 12200, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne

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Stanley Knight (known as Stan) was the youngest of nine children born to Joseph and Melvina Knight.  He had six sisters and two brothers. He also had two step brothers and three step sisters from his father Joseph's first marriage to Martha Moore.

Stanley was born in Burnley, Victoria but spent his early years in Mooroopna before the family moved to Canterbury, Victoria.

Prior to WW1 Stanley was living in Adelaide and was a member of the 80th Infantry in South Australia.  On enlisting with the AIF in October 1915 he was assigned to the 6th Brigade Field Artillery (3rd Reinforcement). They embarked in January 1916 from Adelaide and arrived in in Zeitoun (Egypt) in late February and then posted to Ismailia (Egypt) for training in preparation for the Western Front. He arrived in  Marseilles in April and was immediately sent to the base depot in Etaples where he contracted the flu and spent 10 days in hospital.  Shortly after, he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and sent to England for hospitalisation.  He returned to Etaples in December 1916 but contracted an ear infection during 1917 and once again returned to the field hospital for treatment. He then fought (Gunner) at the Western Front, (Rouelles) and was on leave in the UK when peace was declared in November 1918.  He returned to Australia in July 1919.

Stanley was unmarried at the time he served overseas but on return married Eva Haydon from South Australia. They settled firstly in Oakleigh and then moved to Heidelberg where they had two children.  Stanley was a member of the Lord Kelvin Masonic Lodge in Melbourne.


Stanley's name appears on the WW1 Honour Board at the Canterbury Baptist Church, Balwyn Road, Canterbury Victoria.

Stanley died in 1932 at the age of only 37 years. He is buried in the Box Hill Cemetery, Victoria.