Knight, John Peake MiD DSO
Knight, John Peake Memorial

[1890 - 1916]

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To The Glory of God And In Honoured and Loving Memory of
Captain John Peake Knight, D.S.O. Royal Horse Artillery
aged 26, The Eldest Son of James Percy and
Ellen Gray Knight, Husband of Phllis Olivia Knight
and father of Anne Peake Knight.

He served with the First Seven Divisions from Mons
to the Somme and was Killed in Action near Montauban
France on August 31. 1916 whilst commanding
the 35th Battery Royal Field Artillery- He received
the Distinguished Service Order from His Majesty
King George Vth on the Battlefield at Haazebrucke
on Dec. 3 1914 and was twice Mentioned in Dispatches.


He Gave his pure soul unto his Captain Christ
under whose colours he had fought so long

This Window Was Erected By His Parents 1917

St Augustine's, Grove Park Window

He is buried in the Dantzig Alley Br. Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France Ii J.7.

He is commemorated on the St Augustine's, Grove Park WW1 War Memorial[including a private plaque and window]. .


John Peake Knight Distinguished-Service-Order Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery Temp Capt Killed in Action On Thursday 31st August 1916 Aged 26 Son of James Percy & Ellen Gray Knight of 17 Castle Hill Avenue, Folkstone Husband of Olive Phyllis Row (Formerly Knight) of 8 Rodborough Road, Golders Green, Hampstead Native of Brighton

James Percy Knight was the son of John Peake Knight who it is claimed whilst living at 1 Bridge Street, London opposite the House of Parliament had noticed the congestion of traffic, he came up with the idea of traffic lights. James Percy had followed his father into the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, Newhaven Packet Port and also ferry maintenance. Here he noticed a need for tug support and started the company J P Knight in 1892 with 3 tugs. This business became very successful and James and Ellen funded the window in St Augustine's church. John Peake Knight [1890-1916] had married Olive Grey O'ey 21 November 1914 and they had the following children Anne Peake-Knight and John Knight. Anne Married Alan George Bazell who later was a POW in Java in WW2, she divorced him in 1942. Olive married Howard George Edwin Wall-Row in 1919 and had a son Hugh [1923 - 1993].


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