KNOTT, THOMAS JAMES
22520. Thomas James Knott - Royal
Thomas James Knott.
Hougham, Dover, Kent.
Age 20 years - 8 months.
Occupation - Clerk.
Joined at Dover 29/1/12.
Attested Sapper - 29/1/12.
Next of kin - Father, Ernest Knott, 33,
Greenfield Road Folkestone.
(2, Kitchener Road, Dover crossed out, no
reference in the street book.)
Home 29/1/12 to 14/8/14.
Ex Force France. 15/8/14.
Officially considered as having died on or
since previously reported missing 25/1/15.
Qualification - Clerk, proficient.
Father - Ernest Knott, 33, Greenfield Road,
Mother - Kate Knott, 33, Greenfield Road,
Brothers - None.
Edith Kate Godfrey - age 33 - 6, Empire
Alice Maud Knott - age 31 - 33, Greenfield
Ada Amy Knott - age 25 - 33, Greenfield
Below is difficult to read
Sapper T. J. Knott.
February 15th 1912.
Why did I join the Royal Engineers as a
My reason for joining the Royal Engineers
as a clerk are to serve my King and Country to better my
position in life, to be a soldier, and having no other trade
with which I could enlist with. There are more advantages
connected with army life, clothes and kit for the year are
provided free, but last more than a year if taken care of,
schools are found in barracks where one can improve his
education, and certificates of merit are awarded, which helps to
While the first years of service are
granted to men of conduct, and after two years service one may
have the opportunity of visiting stations in the -----------
work and does as his superior officers
command him, he stands every chance of making his way in the
army. The uniform is smart and neat, and makes the soldier carry
himself erect, and is something to be proud of. Having seen
several of my other friends making good progress in the Royal
Engineers at their trades, I decided to try and enlist as a
clerk being the only trade I had got knowledge of, and after I
should like to take up the course of telegraphy if it is
possible to do so.
Certified to be the unaided essay of No.
20520 Sapper T. J. Knott.
33, Greenfield Road.
I have heard through Sapper J. P. Barker?
14864, now a prisoner in Germany that my son T. J. Knott was
working with him in a mine ----- they were captured. He has
written to his parents at 71, Tontine Street, Folkestone asking
them to ----- what has become of my son as he missed him -------
time they were captured ------ heard from her son 3 weeks after
he was ------ed and I have waited nearly nine months for ----
does not come -------you tell me any way I could find out.
I am sorry to trouble you but as ---- on I
---- you for a reply.
Mrs K. Knott.
Dated, Chatham, October 1915.