Serial No. 2918
20th Battalion, 56th Battalion & 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Richard McKnight - Information
When Richard decided to enlist in the AIF, he was living in Wang Wauk near Nabiac with his family. Richard was born in Bringelly c1894 to Richard and Christina McKnight. He grew up in the area, attending Bringelly Public School with his siblings. The family then relocated to Nabiac. Here, Richard supported himself as a farmer. When he was 21, he enlisted in the AIF on the 30th of October 1915 in Liverpool. During training, he was made a Private with the 6th Reinforcements, 20th Battalion. He was then sent overseas from Sydney onboard the HMAT Euripides on the 2nd of November 1915.
Richard landed in Egypt in late 1915. He was then transferred to the 56th Battalion at Zeitoun in February 1916. The following month, he was transferred to the 5th Division Artillery and later to the 13th Field Artillery Brigade, 51st Battery at Tel-el-Kebir. On the 22nd of April, he was made Driver. In June, he left Alexandria for the Western Front. Fighting on the Western Front in 1916 was horrendous, and for many, it was the first time they witnessed the enormity of a world conflict and the amount of shells it consumed. Sadly, during the Somme Offensive, Richard’s older brother, Charles, was killed in action in late July. Despite this loss, Richard carried on with his duty, as the men relied on artillery for attacks and defence. During operations within the Third Battle of Ypres, Richard was wounded in action on the 30th of September. His unit was targeted by enemy guns, receiving a shell wound to his right leg and left arm. He died later that day of his wounds. He was buried in Dickebusch, later known as the Huts Cemetery, Ypres in Belgium. Back in Wang Wauk, his parents nervously opened the telegram informing them that they had lost another son to the war.