Arthur William Knight

Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 197837
Rank: Able Seaman
Vessel: HMS Bayano
Service: Royal Navy
Died: 11th March 1915 aged 35 years
Death location: At sea off Galloway


Life before the War
Arthur was the second of 5 siblings born to Henry and Mary Jane, nee Harvey.  Henry was born in Southampton in 1848, Mary in Beaulieu in 1857.  They married on 30th December 1879 in the Southampton and lived at 8 Lion Street.  Henry died in the city in 1921, with Mary passing away in 1941.

Arthur married Daisy Florence Gurman in Southampton in 1914 and their home was at 78 Millbrook Road.  Daisy was born in the city on 18th November 1886.  After Arthur’s death she married again to Harry Pearce.   Daisy died in 1973.

Arthur’s 4 siblings were:

Florence L   b.1878 Southampton and d.1953 Southampton.   Evidently, Florence was born out of wedlock.

Henry  b.1883 Southampton.

Albert James   b.25.11.1884 Southampton.  Married Lily May Bater in Portsmouth in 1909.  They had at least one son.

Frederick Charles   b.1888 Southampton.  Married Rose A Hutchings in Southampton in 1918.


War service
The Bayano was an armed merchant cruiser, built in Glasgow in 1913.  Whilst on route from Glasgow to Liverpool she was torpedoed when 3 miles off Corsewall Point, Galloway.  The torpedo was fired from U-27, captained by Kapitanleutnant Bernd Wegener.  The Bayano took only 3 minutes to sink with 196 fatalities and only 26 surviviors.  Arthur was one of the unfortunate ones.

Arthur is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Wegener is rumoured to have been shot by the British whilst on active service.  On 19 August 1915 U-27 was attacked by the Q-ship Baralong.  Q-ships were heavily-armed merchant ships designed specifically to attract U boats to the surface, where they could easily be attacked.  After the U-27 was attacked by the Baralong there were only 6 survivors.  It was reported that as they attempted to clamber aboard the Baralong they were shot in cold blood.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 8th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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