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Mr. R. F. Knight

Rushden Echo, 31st May 1918

The marriage of Lieutenant Robert F. Knight, Royal West Kent Regiment, eldest son of Mr. Fred Knight, J.P., and Mrs. Knight, the Old Rectory, Rushden, to Miss Augustine Fairweather, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fairweather, of Kinnaird, Perthshire, took place on Saturday last in Edinburgh.  Mr. Arthur F. Knight, brother of the bridegroom, was present at the ceremony. 

The function was a very quiet one.  The bridegroom, who is a fine all-round sportsman, is a well-known cricketer, having played for the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.  He was the originator of the Belgian Relief Fund at Rushden, and efficiently carried out the secretarial duties during the first part of its existence.  He was also one of the prime movers in the formation of the Rushden Volunteer Training Corps, and was one of the first officers.  For six months he served with his regiment in France.

Rushden Echo, 7th June 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

PRESENTATION - On Tuesday evening, on the lawn at the Old Rectory, the employees of the firm of Mr. Fred Knight presented Mr. R. F. Knight with a salad bowl and silver egg stand on the occasion of his recent marriage. Mr. Flood, in a few well-chosen words, spoke of the high esteem in which Mr. Knight was held by all employees and of the good feeling that always existed between them. He had known Mr. Knight for over 30 years. Mr Knight was one of his first friends when he came to Rushden as a boy. He had worked for the firm for 23 years, and for these reasons he supposed he had been asked to perform this duty. It gave him very great pleasure in doing it, and he was sure every employee was delighted to be associated with this presentation, and on behalf of them all he wished Mr. and Mrs. Knight long life and every happiness. Mr. Underwood then formally made the presentation and spoke of the long association he had had with the firm and of the happy relations that had always existed between the employees and Mr. Knight.

Mr. Osborne and Mr. Dickens in a few words supported and endorsed what Mr Underwood had said. Mr. Knight then thanked all for their very great kindness in giving him this handsome present. He should always treasure it not only for its value but for the spirit in which he knew it was given. It has always been his opinion that if it was our lot to have to work for a living, by all means let it be carried out happily. This had always been his chief aim, and he could assure them that so long as he was in business would always do his best to continue to increase if possible this pleasant relationship between employers and employees. Mr. Fred Knight then brought the pleasing ceremony to a close by expressing the sincerest thanks of himself and Mrs. Knight for the handsome present they had given to his son and daughter-in-law, and for the very kind wishes that had been accorded to them.

Rushden Echo, 31st August 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Officer’s Narrow Escape
An Exciting Time – The Only Officer Left in His Company
We are pleased to see that Second-Lieut. R. F. Knight, of The Old Rectory. Rushden, is again home on leave, and sound in wind and limb in spite of the fact that he has had some hairbreadth escapes. He was home a month ago, and was then expecting an extension of leave for business reasons, but this did not come through in time, and on his return to France, Lieut. Knight was informed that the extension had been granted. His regiment, however, was just about to go into action in connection with the big advance on July 31st, so he was therefore unable to get back home until a more favourable time presented itself.

Lieut. Knight has just been through a most exciting time, as his regiment has been engaged right through, and have suffered heavy casualties. He is the only officer remaining of his company.

On one occasion he had the best of good luck, as he was in a shelter with twelve others when a shell dropped amongst them and of the total number eight were killed outright, including his company commander.

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