Thursday 23 December 2010

Lance-Corporal Ernest McKnight, MM

Born on 26 September 1888 in Carman, Manitoba - son of Thomas R. McKnight, Homewood, Manitoba - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: presented address in Wartime, Saskatchewan; trade as farmer; single; no current military service; previously served with the 29th Light Horse; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 11 July 1916 (number 261646) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 16 or 17 February 1917 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 15 April 1917 - wounded on 28 June 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 7 November 1917 - wounded on 2 September 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 October 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 17 April 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated November 1918: "For gallantry during operation around Valenciennes from Nov. 1 to 5/18."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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