KNIGHTS-SMITH, PHILIP ARNOLD

Date of Death

12 April 1918

Rank

Lance Corporal

Service Number

GS/18330

Where born

Brightstone, Isle of Wight

Age at time of death

21

Employment Before Joining up

 

Address

Vicarage, Church Street

Awards

 

Regiment

Bedfordshire Yeomanry

Unit

 

Where Killed or died

Vicarage, Uttoxeter

Location of Grave or Memorial

Uttoxeter Cemetery

Grave New. I. 1977.

 

His name is incorrectly recorded on the town war memorial as Philip Arnold Smith Knight.

His parents were the Rev. Leslie Knights Smith and Florence Margaret Smith, of Brewood Vicarage, Staffordshire.

He was serving and had already accepted a commission in the Garrison Artillery by July 1915.

At the time of his death he was serving with the Bedfordshire Yeomanry. His obituary says that he was the regiment's best shot and was an instructor in musketry and the Hotchkiss machine gun.

He had been accepted as a pilot in the RFC, but died from injuries received in a training accident when his horse fell and rolled over him, crushing his lungs. He received all the skilled treatment available and for a time there was a faint hope of his recovery.

They brought him back to Uttoxeter in December 1917, but he developed complications and gradually weakened. He died in the Vicarage in Uttoxeter, and is buried in the town cemetery.