James Huntley Knight joined The King's Liverpool Regiment as a 14 year old band boy. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 21st August 1900, his citation reads: J Knight, Corporal, 1st Battalion The Liverpool Regiment, No 1 Company, 4th Division, Mounted Infantry. On the 21st August during the operations near Van Wyk's Vlei, Corporal Knight was posted in some rocks with four men,
covering the right rear of a detachment of the same company, who, under Captain Ewart, were holding the right of the line. The enemy, about fifty strong, attacked Captain Ewart's right and almost surrounded, at short range, Corporal Knight's small party. That non-commissioned officer held his ground, directing his party to retire one by one to better cover, while he maintained his position for nearly an hour, covering the withdrawal of Captain Ewart's force, and losing two of his four men. He then retired, bringing with him two wounded men. One of these he left in a place of safety, the other he carried for nearly two miles. The party were hotly engaged during the whole time".
After 19 years’ service he retired from the regiment but following the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted on 25 August in the 11th (Empire Battalion) Royal Fusiliers, later renumbered 17th Royal Fusiliers, and was rapidly promoted Regimental Sergeant Major. In January 1915 he was commissioned as temporary Lieutenant in the 20th Battalion Manchester regiment being promoted temporary Captain May 1915. He relinquished this commission in October 1915 and then re-enlisted the following month as a Private under the name of James Huntley Knight in the London Scottish Regt. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then Corporal before being wounded at Gommecourt in the Somme on 26th June 1916. He was discharged from the army on 15th March 1917.
In todays' Daily Telegraph:Not quite as interesting a paper today as yesterday, although page 11 has a rather curious article about the Albert Hall cancelling a meeting due to be held there by the Women’s Social and Political Union on the grounds it “cannot be described as patriotic,” even though the meeting was aimed at demanding “the loyal vigorous conduct of the war.” However it was also going to be critical of Herbert Asquith and Sir Edward Grey and denounce the Foreign Office’s “betrayal of Serbia,” which seems to have not gone down well with the powers that be. Nevertheless Emmeline Pankhurst was undeterred and declared her determination to hold it elsewhere. And at the base of page 5 comes an advert by S. Goff & Co. which offers a quite remarkable bag, given what it claims to contain… Also in today’s paper - “We welcome the coming of Christmas in no Scrooge-like spirit” says a leader countering the “killjoys” who advocate “a policy of gloom, repression and abstention” on page 8 - “Less favourable” news from Serbia on page 9 - Winter has arrived in Flanders says a report on page 9 - Admiral Lord Fisher’s self-restraint in replying to Winston Churchill’s apologia the previous day will be applauded by the country reckons an article on page 9. Meanwhile Churchill receives a painting of himself from the Armoured Car Squadron in tribute to his efforts on their behalf – page 10 - France and Italy make threats to Greece over what is seen as her potentially treacherous behaviour, whilst Lord Kitchener arrives in the country – page 9