Private Verner Gladders Knuckey
|Also Known as:||James Vivian Verner Gladders Knuckey|
|Birth date:||08 February 1886|
|Birth place:||Australia: New South Wales, Cobar|
|Death date:||21 November 1963|
|Death place:||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Vaucluse|
|Service number:||1586 - First World War, 1914-1918|
Verner Gladders Knuckey was born at Cobar, New South Wales on 8 July 1886. Upon enlistment, he listed his profession as a clerk in the Commonwealth Treasury and was living in East Malvern, Victoria. Knuckey had previously spent two years with the Light Horse Regiment before enlisting as a Private with the 8th Light Horse Regiment on 16 July 1915.
Knuckey sailed for Egypt from Melbourne on 10 November 1915 aboard HMAT Ascanius. Since the Light Horse Regiment was considered unsuitable for the initial operations at Gallipoli, they were deployed without their horses. The 8th Light Horse Brigade formed the first two waves for the disastrous attack on the Nek on 7 August 1915 and left Gallipoli Peninsula 20 December.
Knuckey returned to Egypt and with the 8th Light Horse Brigade defended the Suez Canal and participated in the advance which eventually turned the Turks at Romani. In January 1917 Knuckey volunteered for the 2nd Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps in Egypt as an electrician because he wanted to see England and France. He later trained as a wireless operator. The 2nd Squadron were initially drawn from 67 Australian Squadron and were supplemented by volunteers from the light horse regiments from Australia. From England Knuckey went to France on 6 May 1918 before returning back to England in February 1919. Verner Knuckey returned to Australia on 23 September 1919.
Rolls and Awards
- Rank: Private
- Date of embarkation: 10 November 1915
- Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Collection relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8 Light Horse Regiment and 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. Collection consists of Knuckley's diary in seven volumes (and transcript). Knuckey's detailed entries cover the period 1916-1919 and describe...
Maker: Knuckey, Verner Gladders
Documents relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The file contains printed extracts from the record book kept by the 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, a roll of honour relating to the squadron and a table showing...
Transcript relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment. The original diary was written by Private Knuckey on 4 January 1917 and recalls the activities of the 8th Light Horse Regiment between 8 August  and September . In the...
Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The original diary was kept by Private Knuckey between 3 September 1917 and 22 November 1917. It describes his experiences training in England, sightseeing in...
Transcript of a diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The original diary was kept by Private Knuckey between 16 December 1917 and 16 May 1918. In the diary Private Knuckey describes the effects of cold weather...
|Date of birth||1886-02-08|
|Date of embarkation||1915-11-10|
|Date of death||1963-11-21|