The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Vincent Henry Knight

KNIGHT, Vincent Henry

Vincent Henry Knight was born in 1898 in Prestwich, north of Manchester, to Henry Knight and Agnes Salthouse, the youngest of their three children. Henry Knight was a School Teacher and a Head Teacher by 1911. The family lived at Simister Lane in Prestwich. Henry Knight died in 1912 at the age of fifty-three.

In June 1915 Vincent Knight enlisted in the Royal Navy, giving his date of birth as 1897 thereby making him eighteen. His occupation was a Labourer in a Cotton Mill and he gave his mother, Agnes Knight, as his next-of-kin. Her address at that time was 12 Lion Street in Blackley, Manchester. However his engagement was cancelled in July 1915 “to take up employment with Crawleys Motors Ltd. Liverpool”.

It is not known why he was travelling on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918 but he was listed in several newspapers as being a survivor of the sinking. His address was given as 12 Lion St., Blackley, which suggests that he did not stay working in Liverpool.

Vincent Knight has not been located again until the 1939 Register when he was living in Old Road in Blackley with his occupation declared as ‘Capstan Lathe Hand’. He was married to Irene A Knight, though no record of the marriage has yet been found. He died the following year, aged forty-two, and was interred in Radcliffe Cemetery.



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