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   2nd Lieutenant Tom McKnight
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 19/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/08/1888
Died: 21/02/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Thomas McKnight was the son of Joan and Matilda McKnight. He was born on 22nd August 1888 in Tullyinksay, near Magherafelt. His father was a farmer. By 1911, his father had died and the family had moved to Belfast. Thomas was working as a shop assistant in a jewellery shop. 2nd Lieutenant Tom McKnight was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action near Ypres on Wednesday 21st February 1917. He was 28 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Berks Cemetery Extension
  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, 2
Grave Ref: Grave I-K-1
CWGC Casualty 94709
Berks Cemetery Extension is located 12.5 kilometres south of Ieper town centre on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 kilometres along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365 which forms the right hand fork leads to the town of Mesen. The cemetery lies 3 kilometres beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365 and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 79
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1 1901 Census lists McKnight family 1901 census lists Thomas as age 12 living with the family at house 33 in Tullyinksay, Magherafelt, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McKnight family 1911 census lists Thomas as age 22 living with the family at house 15 in Avoca Street, Clifton, Antrim
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of 2nd Lieut. Tom McKnight
4 Small photo of 2nd Lieutenant Tom McKnight 's grave
5 National Archives UK Medal Card of 2nd Lieutenant Tom McKnight can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of 2nd Lieutenant Tom McKnight's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023