Major Gerald G. Knighton
SAC Master 1910-1913

Major Gerald Godfrey Knighton was was born in Kew Gardens, Surrey, the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Knighton, of "Shoreside," Shanklin, Isle of Wight. He was a Master at St. Andrew's College from 1910 to 1913.

Gerald was serving with the 5th Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry when he died of wounds on Monday April 30th, 1917 at the age of 28 years. He is buried in the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France (Grave Reference/Panel Number: I. D. 5.)

In November, 1916, the village of Ficheux was behind the German front line; but by April, 1917, the German retreat had brought our line considerably East of the village, and in April and May the VII Corps Main Dressing Station was posted near for the Battles of Arras. It was followed by the 20th and 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations, which remained at Boisleux-au-Mont until March, 1918, and continued to use the Bucquoy Road Cemetery which the Field Ambulances had begun. From early April to early August, 1918, the cemetery was not used; but in September and October the 22nd, 30th and 33rd Casualty Clearing Stations came to Boisleux-au-Mont and extended it. By the date of the Armistice it contained 1,166 graves and was greatly increased by concentration of graves from the surrounding battlefields and from small cemeteries in the neighbourhood. There are now 1901, 1914-18 and 136, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 168, 1914-18 and 25, 1939-45 war are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 23 soldiers from the United Kingdom who are known, or believed, to be buried among them. 

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