Harold Aveling Knight
Life & Career
Born in Winkfield, the son of F. T. Knight, gentleman.
Invalided from Dwarf on 10 July 1912 after a year and a half in her. He would spend much of 1912 and 1913 in the hospital, including for recurrent malaria and for appendicitis.
Knight was appointed to the battleship Africa on 15 October 1912 and served in her until being superseded on 9 January, 1916.
Knight served as executive officer in the light cruiser H.M.S. Dragon under Captains Marten and Hawke-Genn from 30 April, 1919 until being superseded on 15 April 1921. He struck Marten as lacking in the force of personality required to bring the ship into top form, but Hawke-Genn was effusive, strongly recommending Knight for "immediate promotion" in June 1921.
Knight received his promotion to the rank of Commander dated 31 December, 1922.
After two years in command of the old dreadnought Colossus, which was by now a Boy's Training Ship, Knight was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 13 October, 1926.
World War II
Naval Consular Shipping Adviser, Colon, August 1939 to mid November 1940, then Chief Consular Shipping Adviser at Bermuda until 24 August, 1943.
|Captain of H.M.S. Amaryllis
22 Jan, 1916 – Oct, 1918
Thomas M. Potts
Francis C. Platt
|Captain of H.M.S. Wallflower
15 Apr, 1921 – 28 Sep, 1921
Colin S. Inglis
Hugh H. Rogers
|Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
15 Jul, 1924 – 15 Jul, 1926
- The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 391h.