KNIGHTS, Robert William

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War II
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Victoria Barracks

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Canberra ACT
Address (at enlistment)
South Melbourne, Victoria (previously Duntroon ACT)
School(s) Attended
Telopea Park School
Next of Kin
Betty Knights (wife), South Melbourne, Victoria

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
VX78, 376
Final Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Final Unit
2/17 Battalion


Knights was the son of William James Knights who was on the military staff at the Royal Military College, Duntroon from July 1911. He himself entered RMC as a staff cadet in 1929 and graduated on 13 December 1932 when the college was based in Sydney. He married Betty Davis in Toorak, Victoria on 18 December 1937. Knights began active service in World War 2 in October 1939 and served in the North Africa campaign in 1940 and 1941. He was wounded by a booby trap near Tobruk on the night of 18 January 1941 while undertaking reconnaissance prior to the capture of the port a few days later.

Knights remained in the army after the war and was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1960. The same year he returned to Duntroon as Commandant of RMC, a role he filled until 1962. Knights retired from the army in June 1969. He was living in Empire Circuit, Yarralumla when he died on 4 August 1975.


WWII Nominal Roll
Colonel J.E. Lee, 'Duntroon: The Royal Military College of Australia 1911-1946', 1952
Chester Wilmot, 'Tobruk 1941', 1944 (p.19)
The Canberra Times - 5 August 1975
Monaro Pioneers Index -

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