William Knott was married to Lilian Jane Knott, 87 Guildford Street, Lozells, Aston in Birmingham and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Worcesters in December 1914. They had battled through the first three months of the Great War in the retreat from Mons, on the Aisne and in the First Battle of Ypres. The spent the winter of 1915 in miserable circumstances in the trenches near Armenti?res. A major attack was planned for mid-March at Neuve Chapelle and the Worcesters were ordered to mount a subsidiary attack at Spanbroek Mill at the end of the Messines Ridge. The attack on the 12th March was a failure with heavy casualties. Probably among the wounded was Private Henry Knott who was taken to a base hospital at Boulogne. He was 26 years of age and died of wounds on the 2nd April and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (III D 73) and commemorated on the Dudley and Woodside Memorials.
Town Hall, Priory Street, Dudley
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