An Email from Mr Ray Knight a few weeks ago led to some interesting
research and discoveries.
Ray's Father, Ernest Stanley Knight served with 181 field Regt during
the war, having first enlisted into the KSLI in 1926, serving for
seven years. He was then transferred to the rerserve for 5 years
on completion and elected to serve a further four years when war
was declared. He was moblized into the KSLI in 1939, and went to
France with the BEF, serving at the Depot.
After surviving Dunkirk, he was posted to 6 Battalion KSLI in July
1940, and served with them until they were transferred to Field
Artillery, giving him a total service of almost 25 years. In many
cases this would qualify Ernest for a Long Service & Good Conduct
medal, as this trusty old soldier had an exemplary career throughout
his service in the QM stores with RHQ. Ray is pursuing this with
the Medal Office, if he is successful he must be the only member
of 181 Field Regt to receive this award.
My good freind David Gimes meanwhile searched his library of Regimentasl
journals and came across a photograph of Ernest with 'W' Company
football team taken in 1928!. Ray had no idea of its existence or
of his Dad's interest in footy.
Many thanks to Ray, and my continued thanks to Mark Smith of IMK
who has supported my web site for almost 6years... The history continues.
look out for further stories....