Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Private Roderick Campbell McKnight, 1st/4th Battalion, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, was killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai.
Private McKnight worked at the Fauldhead colliery after leaving school, and was a member (and bugler) of the 5th King’s Own Scottish Borderers (Territorial). At the outbreak of the Great War he was mobilised, although only fifteen years of age.
In 1916, Private McKnight was transferred to the 1st/4th Battalion of his regiment, and served in Egypt, Palestine and Italy. He was mortally wounded during the fighting at the Battle of Cambrai, and is buried in the Proville British Cemetery, close to where he fell. On his gravestone are the words: “He sleeps far away from the land that he loves”. He is also remembered on the Kirkconnel parish church Great War memorial.
Roddy, from Kirkconnel, Dumfries, was 19 years old.