Monday, May 04, 2015

Private D Knight, 2/1st Sussex Yeomanry

Little is known about this man and no matches have been on the 1901 Census of England & Wales or medal index cards. 

In December 1916, Chailey Parish Magazine notes: Knight, Private D, 3/1st Sussex Yeomanry and in January 1918 this information is updated with the information that he is now serving with the 2/1st Sussex Yeomanry.  He continued with this unit until the end of the war. 

The 3/1st Sussex Yeomanry was formed in Brighton in July 1915 and was affiliated to the 3rd Reserve Cavalry Regiment at Canterbury.  It was disbanded in January 1917 and the personnel transferred to the 2/1st Yeomanry of the 4th (Reserve) Royal Sussex Regiment.  It seems likely therefore, that D Knight transferred to the 2/1st at this point.

The 2/1st Sussex Yeomanry had been formed in September 1914 and by January 1917 it had become the 8th (Surrey and Sussex) Yeomanry Cyclist Regiment. It remained in Britain until April 1918 when it was sent to Ireland with the 3rd Cyclist Brigade.

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