MC:P179 Papers of Arthur George Knight (1889–1915)
Arthur George Knight (1889–1915) was born in the USA, before being educated at Dulwich, and then coming to Magdalen in 1908 as a Demy. While at Oxford, he ran against Cambridge in the mile and cross-country events. He got a Second in History. On leaving Magdalen, he taught for a while at Rossall School. At the outbreak of war, he joined the army, and was killed in action in France on 29 June 1915, apparently (to judge from MC:P179/MS1/3 below) barely two or three days after arriving at the front.
This collection comprises a set of photocopies and photographs which were given to the College by his great-nephew K. P. Maxwell, were deposited with the archives in December 2001 as Accession No. 01/231.
Catalogued in December 2001.
Chart showing the ancestors of A.G. Knight.
MC:P179/MS1/2 14 Aug 1914
Photocopy of Knight’s commission as a Second Lieutenant.
Photocopy of a typescript of a war diary kept by the 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers from 31 May-3 July 1915, describing their departure from England and military experiences in Francis and Belgium, including the shelling of 29 June which killed Knight.
MC:P179/MS1/4–7 27–28 Jun 1915
Transcript and photocopies of four letters from Knight to his mother.
Photocopy of newspaper cuttings, including reports of athletics competitions in which Knight participated, and a brief obituary.
Photograph of three photographs of Knight: one shows him in an athletics team, the second shows him in a suit, and the third shows him in his military uniform.
Photograph of three documents: a group photograph of D Company of the 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, including Knight, a photograph of Knight and one of his brothers, taken c.1900, and Knight’s commission (see MS1/3 above).
Photocopy of an article reporting an army athletics tournament, reporting on a race won by Knight.