war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Short Service.

Attestation of
22520. Thomas James Knott - Royal Engineers.
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, Folkestone.
Mother - Kate Knott, 33, Greenfield Road, Folkestone.
Brothers - None.
Edith Kate Godfrey - age 33 - 6, Empire Terrace ---------------
Alice Maud Knott - age 31 - 33, Greenfield Road, Folkestone.
Ada Amy Knott - age 25 - 33, Greenfield Road, Folkestone.
Below is difficult to read
No. 22520.
Sapper T. J. Knott.
February 15th 1912.
Why did I join the Royal Engineers as a clerk?
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 gain promotion.
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.
1 mistake.
Certified to be the unaided essay of No. 20520 Sapper T. J. Knott.
33, Greenfield Road.
Dear Sir,
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 feel austerous?
---- you for a reply.
Yours truly.
Mrs K. Knott.
Dated, Chatham, October 1915.

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