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The sons of Joseph and Jane Knight, Ralph was born in 1890 and Norman in about 1895. In both 1901 and 1911, the family were living at 86 North Road, Wolverhampton, together with their siblings Sidney, Bernard, Jane, Ellen, Ethel M., Violet and Lily, and nephew Joseph Henry Knight Cope. By 1911, both Ralph and the son now known as Norman assisted their father in his fruit business.

On 30 October 1914, the Express & Star listed both Ralph and Norman amongst the names of men willing to serve their country. They were also listed in the Midland Counties Express on 5 September 1914 in a similar list. I have not been able to trace further details of Ralph’s service or his life, but Harold Norman joined to 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 241824). He was killed in action on 21 June 1918 in France. He is commemorated at the Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, as well as on the roll of honour in St Peter’s Church and the memorial in the church’s Lady Chapel.

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