Albert was born in Overton, Frodsham to Thomas and Elizabeth Knight, a wagoner living at Church Cottages, Overton. He was one of 9 children, and the 1911 census has the following listed, James(21), Wilfred(15), Thomas(13), John (9), Mary (17), Alice (11), Annie (6) and Lily (4).
The census has him listed as a labourer at a chemical works.
Locally he was well known as a cornet player in the local band. He enlisted in Frodsham in 1914.
On 14th to 19th October his battalion where involved in the Battle of Courtrai, with casualties reported of 3 officers and 117 others. Albert must have been injured during this battle and evacuated to a Canadian Field Hospital where he passed away. The hospital sister wrote to Mrs Knight to express her sympathy, adding that Albert had gone “Out of the stress of the doing into the peace of the done”.
He is buried at Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, South of Armentieres, Grave B72
He was awarded the British War medal and Victory Medal.
Wilfred and Thomas also joined up and both died in the war.
Wilfred was a bugler, 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment No 15879, who played the last post on the train leaving Frodsham. He died of his wounds on 24th May 1916, aged 20 and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave I.C.20The youngest brother, Thomas, was a Lance Corporal in the 3rd / 5th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers Reg No 203259, and was killed in action on 9th October 1917 aged 20. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 54 to 60.
Compiled by Graeme Ainsworth with assistance from Percy Dunbvand and the Frodsham Great War Blog