Biography

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
Final rank: Private
Service number: 1586 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment

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

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 10 November 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Knuckey, Verner Gladders (Private, b.1886 - d.1963)

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

PR03193 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment. Although the diary is dated 10 May 1916, it provides an account of Private Kunckey's first 10 months as a soldier; describing his excitement at joining the army, the journey to Egypt...

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Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment. The diary was kept by Private Knuckey between 26 May 1916 and 3 November 1916, and recounts his experiences on duty at the Suez Canal and his frustration at not partoicipating in the...

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Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment. The diary was written by Private Knuckey on 4 January 1917 and recalls the activities of the 8th Light Horse Regiment between 8 August [1916] and September [1916]. In the diary,...

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Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment and 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The diary was written by Private Knuckey between 31 October 1917 and 16 December 1917, and records his activities with the 8 Light Horse...

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Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The diary was kept by Private Knuckey between 3 September 1917 and 22 November 1917. It describes his experiences training in England, sightseeing in Newcastle, his...

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Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The 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 on morale, recounts an...

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Diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The diary was kept by Private Knuckey between 18 May 1918 and 29 October 1918. In the diary, Private Knuckey describes the August Offensives carried out by the Allies and...

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Miscellaneous documents of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917-1918

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...

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Transcript of diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1916

Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment. The original diary is dated 10 May 1916, and provides an account of Private Kunckey's first 10 months as a soldier; describing his excitement at joining the army, the...

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Transcript of diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1916

Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment. The original diary was kept by Private Knuckey between 26 May 1916 and 3 November 1916, and recounts his experiences on duty at the Suez Canal and his frustration at not...

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Transcript of diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1916

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 [1916] and September [1916]. In the...

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Transcript diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917

Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 8th Light Horse Regiment and 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The original diary was written by Private Knuckey between 31 October 1917 and 16 December 1917, and records his activities with...

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Transcript diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917

Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of 1586 Private Verner Gladders Knuckey, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The transcript covers the period from January 1917 and describes Private Knuckey's experiences on board the transport from Malta to England. It also...

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Transcript diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917

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 written by Private Knuckey between 31 October 1917 and 16 December 1917. This transcript covers Private Knuckey's training...

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Transcript diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, [1917]

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...

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Transcript diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1917-1918

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...

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Transcript diary of Verner Gladders Knuckey, 1918

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 18 May 1918 and 29 October 1918. In the diary, Private Knuckey describes the August Offensives...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1886-02-08
Date of embarkation 1915-11-10
Date of death 1963-11-21