Roy Harry Knight

Flight Sergeant (Navigator) - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 460 Squadron - Service No. 1395508

Background Information


24th April 1923



Flight Sergeant (Navigator) - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 460 Squadron - Service No. 1395508



26th March 1944 age 20

Roy Harry Knight was born on 24th April 1923 in Gravesend, Kent. His father was Horace Knight, a Labourer, and his mother was Florence Mabel (née Berridge). The first school that he attended was Holy Trinity in Gravesend.
In 1934 Roy Knight joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Henry F A Wigley. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Roy’s address as 31 The Terrace, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, Roy was in Town House.
In 1939 Roy left the School and started work as an Accountant at the London County Council Offices. He signed up in 1942 with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, as a Flight Sergeant (Navigator), Service Number 1395508. He joined 460 Squadron and by 1944 was flying with Lancaster Bombers from Breighton, Lincolnshire.
On 26th March 1944 Roy Knight was involved in the Battle of the Ruhr, when his aircraft was listed as missing. It was later confirmed that he had been killed in action when his aircraft crashed near Antwerp, Belgium. Roy Knight was 20 years old. He is remembered at Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.

There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest:

Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium