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Lieutenant Colonel James Meldrum Knox, DSO

1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died of Wounds from shell fire: Asiago Plateau, Italy, 23rd September 1918, aged 40

  • Buried: Granezza British Cemetery, Vicenza, Italy. Grave I.A.9
  • Awarded: Queens South Africa Medal (5 Clasps), Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 1915 Star, British War & Victory medals
  • Eldest son of James and Florence Knox of The Chase, Nuneaton
  • Husband of Dorothy Marian Knox [nee Iles]
  • Father of Dorothy Barbara, Alexander Meldrum and George Ronald Meldrum Knox
  • Brother of 2nd Lt Andrew Donald Knox (KIA) and 2nd Lt Cecil Leonard Knox VC (survived)

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1911 Census and Family History Information

  • Born Apr Qtr 1878 in Nuneaton
  • Attended King Edward VI Grammar School and Bedford Modern School
  • Lived at 6 Attleborough Road, Nuneaton [1881]
  • Lived at Roseleigh, Hinckley Road, Nuneaton [1891]
  • Lived at Castlemere, Hinckley Road, Nuneaton [1911]
  • Gazetted to 2nd Lieutenant 4 Nov 1899
  • Served in the 2nd Boer War as a Lt with 2 Volunteer Service Company, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

    Circumstances for the Award of the DSO
    Supplement to the London Gazette of 24 September reads; "Major and Bt. Lt.-Col. (A./Lt.-Col.) James Meldrum Knox, D.S.O., R,. War. Regt. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in command of his battalion. He kept touch with the situation till ordered by the division to counter-attack when the enemy had broken through. Thanks to his splendid handling of his battalion, this counter-attack was decisive, the enemy were at once held up, and after heavy fighting were driven back with severe losses, several hundred prisoners being captured and the front line restored." He was also mentioned in despatches on five occasions.

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