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ARCHIBALD SHERBROOKE KNOTT

Second Lieutenant

Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion

Died Of Wounds 25/04/1918

Age 27

VIGNACOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, I. F. 16.

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Son of William Thomas and Kate Knott, husband of E. J. Knott, of 15, Byron Rd, Walthamstow. London.

Archibald was awarded the Military Cross & Bar

10894 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16th September, 1918.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during long operations, when in command
of a company which had lost all its officers. On one occasion, when a counter attack
had reached its objective, he went out, with the utmost courage and devotion,and under heavy enemy machine-gun fire and got into touch with the companies on either flank. His splendid example greatly inspired all ranks with him.

8816 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, JULY, 1918.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading his platoon in a counter attack.
He showed fine dash, led his platoon most successfully, and captured many prisoners and some machine-guns. He was severely wounded.
(M.C. gazetted 26th July, 1918.)

The following is a transcript of Archibald`s and his battalions war diary for the period of Archibald`s untimely death

Saturday 20th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
25th Infantry Brigade relieved 14th Australian Infantry Brigade (5th Australian Division) in the Line on the night 20/21st April 1918.

Battalion relieved 54th Australian Battalion in the Line on night 20/21st April 1918 and became "Counter Attack Battalion" North of VILLERS BRETTONEUX. See APPENDIX.
"A" Company 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment relieved "A" Company 54th Australian Battalion.
"B" Company 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment relieved "B" Company 54th Australian Battalion.
"C" Company 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment relieved "C" Company 54th Australian Battalion.
"D" Company 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment relieved "D" Company 54th Australian Battalion.

Sunday 21st April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion holding the line as above. (20/4/1918).

Monday 22nd April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion holding the line as above. (20/4/1918).

Tuesday 23rd April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion holding the line as above. (20/4/1918).

Wednesday 24th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX Defences N.E. of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX.

Thursday 25th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Counter Attack by Battalion at 6.30am on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. Village cleared and mopped up. 35 Machine Guns and 300 Prisoners captured. (Captn R. WHITTAKER joined Battalion).

Friday 26th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX Defences

Saturday 27th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX Defences.
27/28.
Battalion came out of the Line (no actual relief taking place) and proceeded to Billets in GLISY.

Sunday 28th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
28/29.
Battalion billetted in GLISY.

Monday 29th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion proceeded by march route to and billetted in BOUTILLIERIE.

Tuesday 30th April 1918 France, REF MAP AMIENS 1/100,000 & SHEET 62D SW 1/20,000
Battalion in billets at BOUTILLIERIE.

Casualties.
OFFICERS.
Killed 2/Lieut H.A. MOSSMAN MC.

Wounded. 2/Lieut A.A. DAVISON.
2/Lieut E.K. MOORE (since died of wounds).
2/Lieut J. BREAKELL.
2/Lieut E.T.R. HOARE.
2/Lieut J.L. CARTER.
2/Lieut W. VAUGHAN.
2/Lieut S.B. COOPER (since died of wounds).
2/Lieut A.S. KNOTT

OTHER RANKS. Killed 55. Wounded 166. Wounded (Gassed) 19. Missing 10.

HONOURS and AWARDS.
The undermentioned Officers NCOs and Men were Awarded Parchment Certificates for gallantry and devotion to duty West of the SOMME between 23rd March and 2nd April 1918.

2/Lieut W. VAUGHAN MM.
2/Lieut W.H. APPLEGATE.
2/Lieut C.A. WILLIAMS.
2/Lieut H.A. Moseman MC.

No 36343 L/C Hathaway.
No 19564 Pte H. Hurst.
No 16384 L/C E. Wootton.
No 15600 Pte H. Mace MM.
No 37825 Pte S. Scott MM.
No 14286 L/C G. Ansell.
No 11281 Corpl M. Huckins.
No 203142 Pte F. Malsom.
No 36631 Pte H. Barber.

HONOURS and AWARDS.
The undermentioned Officers NCOs and Men were awarded Decorations as mentioned below for gallantry and devotion to duty West of the SOMME between 22nd March and 2nd April 1918.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER. Lt Colonel J.A.A. Griffin.

MILITARY CROSS. Lieut W.M. Guttman, Lieut A.A. Barrett, 2/Lieut A.S. Knott.

MILITARY MEDAL - BAR TO. No 9332 Sergt G. Turvey.

MILITARY MEDAL.
No 11995 Pte W. Patrick.
No 34108 Pte T. Watling.
No 7469 Sgt W. Gillingham.
No 36399 Corpl T. Mead.
No 37448 Pte A. Kilsby.
No 201499 Pte E. Hubbock.
No 27449 Sergt F. Branch.
No 11715 L/C A. Dance.
No 15723 Sgt C. Sheppard.
No 8003 L/C F. Haines.
No 19444 Corpl W. Butler.
No 7454 Corpl W. Bartlett.

(Signed)
J.A.A. Griffin
Lt Colonel.
In the Field 30/4/18.


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