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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


A Welcome Home at "Waiata", corner of Wilson and Capulet Sts, Moonee Ponds, for James Vallins Knight, pictured in the centre of the back row, 1919.  On his right are Andrew Shankland Knight, his brother, and on his left is his father, Andrew Thomas Knight.  In the front row from the left are his mother, Rose Shankland Knight, nee Vallins and his younger brother Lionel Albert Knight.  The woman in the centre is probably his bride, Constance Rose whom he married in London. Courtesy of Betty Knight.


Knight J V     Pte    1161    James Vallins            8 Inf Bn    20    Clerk    Single    C of E       

Address:    Moonee Ponds, Grandview St, 27   

Next of Kin:    Knight, A T, father, 27 Grandview St, Moonee Ponds   

Enlisted:    27 Nov 1914       

Embarked:     A32 Themistocles 22 Dec 1914 

Prior service: 3 years Citizen Forces, Essendon Rifles, sergeant. 


Relatives on Active Service:

Knight-J-L-R-Pte-1641  uncle


The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Knight, of Grandview street, Moonee Ponds, will be pleased to hear of the promotion, in Egypt, of their son, Jas. V. Knight (late sergeant of the Machine Gun Section of the Essendon Rifles), who went out as a private in H Company of the First Reinforcements. A cable message has just been received announcing that he has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant on the corps of the Paymaster of the Forces in Egypt.


BELGIAN FLAG DAY. (1915, March 11). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved September 30, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74588051


Staff-Sergeant James V. Knight (21st Machine Gun Co., lst Division A.I.F.), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Knight, "Warata," 70 Wilson street, Moonee Ponds, is at present an inmate of Harefield Hospital. Staff-Sergt. Knight was blown up by a shell and buried last October in the fighting around Ypres. After nine weeks in Le Havre Hospital, recovering from shell shock and injuries received, he rejoined his company in December last. In April of this year he was attacked with trench fever and lost the use of his limbs. A short stay in Etaples hospital followed. He was then transferred to Bournemouth, and from there to Harefield. Here the injuries received in October re-asserted themselves, and after a good deal of X-ray photographing the surgeons operated on him for appendicitis and twisted intestines. Staff Sergeant Knight is progressing satisfactorily.


ROLL OF HONOR. (1918, June 20). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning. Retrieved July 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74606340



Mentioned in these publications:

Parish Magazine March 1915 p9

Parish Magazine April 1915 p2

Parish Magazine, June 1916 p6


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

Ascot Vale School Honour Roll (J Knight)

Patriotic Concert 1914

St Thomas' Anglican Church

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

“Send off to the Essendon Boys”

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