The Family of Robert McKnight, born circa 1810.


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33. Robert GREER [3729] (Mary Jane MOORHEAD16, Mary Ann EVERITT7, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born on 12 Dec 1907 in Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland, died on 1 Nov 1944 in Westkapelle Holland at age 36, and was buried in New Community Cemetery Oostende West-Vlaanderen Belgium.

General Notes: While Robert's Death Certificate states he died on January 01, 1944, it does not state where he died, only "On War Service";
but from the UK Forces War Records it states that he died on November 02, 1944.
Furthermore, his Death Certificate states he was a Sgt. (Ty), whereas the Forces War Record says he was a Sergeant, with no Comment about being Temporary.
If he died as per the Death Certificate, it would be prior to the Invasion of Europe in June 1944, as is believed by his Daughter, but in fact he died in November 1944, at the Attack on Westkapelle in Holland.
We now have complete Information provided by Richard Blyth, a Naval Rating who served on the same Vessel as did Sgt. Robert Greer at Operation Infatuate II.
Operation Infatuate II:
The Support Squadron Eastern Flank (SSEF) Force sailed from England on the 27th October 1944 to Ostend. SSEF consisted of 6 LCG(L)s and 2 LCG(M)s, 6 LCFs, 6 LCSs and five rocket craft, a force of 25 craft, there was also a small fleet of other landing craft including LCIs and LCTs that would take the commandos, second wave troops and amphibious vehicles, SSEF sailed from Ostend at 3.25am. In the early hours of November 1st 1944 Royal Marine commandos attacked at Westhopple [Westkapelle] in Holland as part of the Operation Infatuate to secure the Port of Antwerp to supply the Allies, the port was required as so rapidly was the Army advancing through Northern France and Belgium that supplying them was a problem.The assault by the SSEF had to be made in broad daylight at 9.15am, the weather was terrible, the planes were grounded that were going to support us. Warspite, Erebus and Roberts with their big guns were firing at the gun emplacements ashore but could not see the results. The spotter plane for them was also grounded owing to the bad weather. The SSEF plan was to split in two equal escort groups, one going south of the gap and one going north. The LCG(L)s were ordered to engage the Westkapelle Battery and went in firing.
As they passed a certain point some of the German guns opened fire to be joined later by the big guns at the Westkapelle main Fort. The enemy firing was heavy and very close, big shells being hurtled back in reply to our 4-7" Guns. Four LCT(R)S fired their 6" rockets at the beach head in batches. Each craft carried on its deck 1080 6" rockets, four craft like that could and did a lot of damage. Now it was crisis time in one of the most bitter and gallant battles of the war, as the first landing craft carrying the commandos headed for the gap in the Dyke the enemy batteries put up a devastating hail of fire. The two groups of SSEF craft were ordered closer in to draw away this fire by engaging the enemy guns at point blank range. LCG(M)102 beached down on the south side of the gap and engaged her target pillbox with her 3" guns and was immediately caught in a rain of shells at close range. Soon she had been hit several times and was on fire. Her crew got the fire under control but she was hit again and again, she was broken and burning on the beach. There were no survivors.
In the northern group LCG(L)1 (NOTE: Robert Greer served on LCG(L)1, as did the Author, Richard Blyth, R.N.) went in with her guns blazing independently and closed to 600 yards in spite of being hit three times by shells. Now she got hit several more times and then came the big one, a shell hit the bridge - there was a tremendous explosion. Our skipper, Lieutenant Ballard RNR, was wounded. The shell took the compass from his hand before it exploded then another shell blasted away the compass pedestal and voicepipe. All the officers were now wounded and the craft came to a stop with two dead and twenty wounded.
The survivors were rescued by LCS510. LCG(L)17 tried to take LCG(L)1 in tow, but the stricken craft sank. The skipper of LCG(L)17 Lt. Scammell received wounds coming to the assistance of LCG(L)1 of which he died. Out of the twenty-five craft in the SSEF a total of nine craft were lost and nine others badly damaged. Of the crews, 172 officers and men killed and 200 wounded.
Medals awarded:1 OBE, 1 DSO, 18 DSCs, 4 DSC (BAR)s, 1 DSC (2nd BAR), 2 CGMs, 27 DSMs and many others mentioned in dispatches.
This item is just a very small part of a gallant action by all who took part in this operation. If only it could do justice to all of the personnel involved but it seems such a puny effort on my part. There is so much that should have been written about Walcheren but as you say to anyone, how can you describe a craft that doesn't have a name, is flat bottomed, chugs along at about 10 knots, the regular navy regards them as kipper boxes.
One RN officer went so far as to say, "I would not take one outside the harbour." But the officers and men were second to none, we upheld the Royal Navy tradition for guts and tenacity. More should be written about Walcheren before the last of us cross the Bar. R Blyth LCG(L)1

CASUALTIES ON BOARD LCG(L)1 were:
1. CLARK, ROBERT, Royal Marines, posted Missing, believed killed, and
2. GREER, ROBERT, Sergeant (No. CH/X 3121), Royal Marines, buried at the New Community Cemetery at Oostende, Belgium.

Noted events in his life were:

birth: Registration Number is U/1908/48/1007/102/22, born at 15 Dagmar Street, 12 Dec 1907, Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland.

Military Service: a Member of the Royal Marines, 1931-1944.

Residence: at Navy House, Clover Street at the Time of his Marriage, 12 Sep 1931, Chatham Kent England.

He was at 252 Pier Road with his Wife and 3 Children during the 1939 Registration at Gillingham Kent England.

Military Service: a Royal Marine Corporal, aboard the HMS Suffolk, Aug 1942.

Death: aboard an LCC [Landing Craft, Command], otherwise known as an Aphibious Command Ship, probably somewhere in the English Channel, 1 Jan 1944, Belgium.

Robert married Margherita Giuseppa Carla Maria Joanna WHITWORTH [3730], daughter of John William WHITWORTH [4368] and Giuseppa Lorenza Antonia ETHERIDGE [114052], on 12 Sep 1931 in St Michael the Archangel RC Church Ordnance Place Chatham Kent England. Margherita was born on 7 May 1911 in Senglea Malta and died Sep Q 1990 in Swale Kent England at age 79. Another name for Margherita was Margaretta Josephina Carola Mary Joan WHITWORTH.

General Notes: In an e-Mail received from Joyce [Pickering] Trousdale in July 2018, she mentioned:
a Margaret Whitworth was a Resident in a Navy Orphanage. This Margaret was born circa 1904, so is probably not "our" Margaretta.
The "Alternate" Name for Margherita is the Name she used when registering the Birth of her Daughter Margaret Mary Teresa Eileen.

Noted events in her life were:

Residence: at 5 Sawyer's Place, Old Brompton Road at the time of her Marriage, 12 Sep 1931, Gillingham Kent England.

Occupation: a Chambermaid at a Hotel at the time of her Marriage, 12 Sep 1931, Gillingham Kent England.

She was living at 252 Pier Road with her Family [although some Members are redacted from the Record] at Gillingham Kent England at the Time of the 1939 Registration.

Children from this marriage were:

   50 M    i. Robert J GREER [3731] was born 3 Qtr 1932 in Tendring Essex England.

   51 F    ii. Margaret Mary Theresa Eileen GREER [3513] was born on 24 Aug 1934 in Chatham Kent England.


Margaret married Howard Ulph SMITH [3514], son of Arthur John Ulph SMITH [3516] and Lucy Susan Doris HOWARD [3515], on 29 Oct 1953 in Tenant Creek Northern Territory of Australia. Howard was born on 19 Jan 1932 in Wattlebrae Hospital Kalinga Brisbane Queensland Australia.

General Notes: A very uneventful (except for numerous illnesses) childhood saw him attend Virginia Primary School and Church of England Grammar School, E. Brisbane.
On leaving School he spent a brief period in an Engineering Apprenticeship, and an even briefer period helping his Parents on their Pineapple farm at Montville, North of Brisbane. Youthful restlessness caused him to obtain employment in the Northern Territory of Australia, firstly on Soudan Station as a Storeman/Book-keeper, thence for the next three years he was employed in a number of positions in Tenant Creek in the N.T. His range of employment included P.M.G. Linesman, Assistant Assayer and Assayer in a couple of Gold Mines, Enterprise & Nobles Knob. He was also employed as a Crane Driver at Peko and as a "Grease Monkey" in one of the local garages. On his return to Q'land he continued to follow the Motor trade in Palmwoods [his first Son was Born in Nambour] and Brisbane; and for a Year in Barcaldine, where his younger Son Gregory was born. Also when he and his Family moved on to Sydney in N.S.W in 1959, he continued to work in the Motor and Engineering trades. After operating a number of businesses the Family returned to Brisbane, shortly before the death of Howard's Father. In 1969 they travelled to England where they stayed for 4 years. In England he worked as a Purchasing Officer for two firms, in one of which he was responsible for Stores and Materials Control. The Family returned to Sydney, Australia in 1973. Howard was then employed as Purchasing Officer for Plessey Australia, and subsequently as Production "Trouble Shooter" for four years. During this time, he and his Wife, Margaret had been building up a Portfolio of Residential Properties until in 1977 they were both able to retire from their respective Employers and work full time in their own business. About this time they founded Howmeg Investments Pty. Limited, a Property Investment business. About the same time, Howard became a Licenced Builder. From that time onward their Efforts were directed into making the Business successful. Their younger Son Gregory and his Wife Fiona became a part of the Business in about 1980. The Business has provided for both Families since that time.

   52 F    iii. Patricia M GREER [3732] was born 3 Qtr 1937 in Medway Kent England.

Patricia married John SCOTT [3734].

   53 F    iv. Mary M GREER [3733] was born 4 Qtr 1941 in Chatham Kent England.

Mary married Thomas BEARD [3735].

38. Ada Everitt FAIRFIELD [114909] (Ada Everett MOORHEAD20, Mary Ann EVERITT7, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born on 11 Jan 1919 in Belfast Ireland, died on 4 May 1967 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 48, and was buried in Milltown Cemetery Falls Road Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland.

Ada married Joseph LEATHAM [114913] on 22 Jan 1944 in St Anne's Cathedral Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. Joseph was born in 1913 in Belfast Ireland and died on 19 Apr 1977 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 64.

Children from this marriage were:

   54 F    i. Maureen LEATHAM [114914] was born in Belfast Northern Ireland.

Maureen married William WATSON [114932] in 1962 in Belfast Northern Ireland. The marriage ended in divorce. William died in 2017.

   55 F    ii. Edith LEATHAM [114915] .

Edith married Jackie ANDREWS [114935]. Jackie was born in Bangor Caernarvon Wales.

   56 M    iii. Joseph LEATHAM [114916] was born in 1952 in Belfast Northern Ireland and died in 2003 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 51.

39. Thomas FAIRFIELD [114910] (Ada Everett MOORHEAD20, Mary Ann EVERITT7, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born in 1920 in Belfast Ireland, was baptised in 1920 in St Anne's Cathedral Belfast Co. Antrim Ireland, died in Aug 2010 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 90, and was buried in Aug 2010 in Roselawn Crematorium Crossnacreevy Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Noted events in his life were:

2nd Baptism: at St Mary's Saintfield Road, 1928, Belfast Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Thomas married Mary Angela CLARKE [114917]. Mary was born in 1920 in Dublin Co. Dublin Ireland and died on 28 Oct 2006 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 86.

Noted events in her life were:

Death: at the Mater Hospital, Crumlin Road, 28 Oct 2008, Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Children from this marriage were:

   57 M    i. Thomas A FAIRFIELD [114918] was born on 12 Sep 1948 in Belfast Northern Ireland.

Thomas married Imelda BEIRNE [114939].

   58 M    ii. Gerald FAIRFIELD [114919] was born circa 1952 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Gerald married Kathy [114920].

   59 F    iii. Mary FAIRFIELD [114922] was born in Belfast Northern Ireland.

   60 F    iv. Noelle FAIRFIELD [114923] .

   61 M    v. Barry FAIRFIELD [114921] was born on 7 Jun 1957 in Belfast Northern Ireland.

Barry married Wendy MOORLAND [114942].

Barry next married Elizabeth FEGAN [114945]. Marriage status: status unknown.

40. Maureen FAIRFIELD [114911] (Ada Everett MOORHEAD20, Mary Ann EVERITT7, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born on 7 Jun 1928, was baptised on 19 Jun 1928 in Saintfield Co. Down Northern Ireland, died on 19 Feb 1995 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 66, and was buried in Roselawn Cemetery Crossnacreevy Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Noted events in her life were:

Death: in the City Hospital, Lisburn Road, 19 Feb 1995, Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Maureen married Samuel TODD [114924], son of Samuel TODD [114925] and Martha Emma GORDON [114926], on 9 Jul 1949 in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. The marriage ended in divorce. Samuel was born on 25 Nov 1928 in Belfast Northern Ireland, died on 4 Jun 1987 in Belfast Northern Ireland at age 58, and was buried in Roselawn Cemetery Crossnacreevy Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Children from this marriage were:

   62 M    i. Samuel TODD [114927] was born in Mar 1950 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Samuel married Sandra JACK [114948].

   63 F    ii. Maureen TODD [114928] was born on 24 Jun 1954 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Maureen married George COLLETT [114958] on 19 Aug 1972 in Acton Middlesex England. George was born in London England.

Maureen next married Adel Abdelwahab IBRAHIM [114951], son of Abdelwahab IBRAHIM [114952] and Hekmat ELBORI [114953], on 20 Mar 1976 in Newtonards Co. Down Northern Ireland. Adel was born on 28 May 1948 in Mansoura Dakahlia Governate Egypt, died on 12 Apr 2010 in Cincinnati Hamilton Co. Ohio USA at age 61, and was buried in Huntington Cabell County West Virginia USA.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a Consultant Surgeon.

   64 F    iii. Margaret TODD [114929] was born on 28 Mar 1960 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Margaret had a relationship with UNKNOWN [114961]. Marriage status: unmarried.

Margaret married Keith ROGERS [114962] in 1979 in Antrim Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. Keith was born on 30 Apr 1966 in Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire England and died in 2015 in Antrim Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 49.

   65 F    iv. Yvonne Heather TODD [114930] was born on 12 Aug 1962 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Yvonne married Andrew Robert LASCELLES [114966], son of Robert John LASCELLES [114967] and Shirley Ann JACKLIN [114968], on 10 Aug 1998 in Surrey England. Andrew was born on 4 Sep 1965 in Changi Singapore.

Noted events in his life were:

birth: at the RAF Hospital, 4 Sep 1965, Changi Singapore.

Yvonne next married Ian SLOAN [114969].

Yvonne next married UNKNOWN [114970]. Marriage status: status unknown.

   66 M    v. James TODD [114931] was born on 28 Jan 1964 in Belfast Northern Ireland and was baptised in ST Mary's Church Crumlin Road Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

James married Josephine BENNETT [114972].

James next married Linda SPROUL [114974].

42. Thomas Alfred Gooding EVERITT [118346] (Thomas EVERITT23, Thomas Edward EVERITT8, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born in 1930 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland, died in 1989 in Belfast Co. Antrim Northern Ireland at age 59, and was buried in Knockbreda Cemetery Church Road Belfast Co. Down Northern Ireland.

Thomas married someone.

His child was:

   67 M    i. Aaron Thomas EVERITT [118361] was born in 1971 in Bangor Co. Down Northern Ireland.

46. Edna May EVERITT [118357] (William Hanna EVERITT27, Thomas Edward EVERITT8, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born on 2 Jul 1932 in Belfast Northern Ireland and died on 11 Aug 2016 at age 84.

Edna married Ralph REA [118362] on 5 Apr 1962. The marriage ended in divorce. Ralph was born on 14 Sep 1926 in Scotland and died on 10 Jan 2000 in Carson City Nevada USA at age 73.

Children from this marriage were:

   68 F    i. Lisa May REA [118363] was born on 11 May 1964 in Toronto York Co. Ontario Canada.

Lisa married someone.

   69 F    ii. Michelle Una REA [118364] was born on 27 May 1968 in Detroit Wayne Co. MI USA.

General Notes: In a Document received from Yvonne [Todd] Lascelles in September 2018, she included the following Comment, obviously made by Michelle herself:
I graduated from UTSA with a psychology degree. I worked as a paralegal from the age of 22 years and became a mitigation specialist in 2013 investigating backgrounds of people facing the death penalty. I have always been a wildlife rehabilitator.

Michelle married Edward Camara Jr. [118375]. Edward was born on 8 Apr 1942 in Fall River Bristol Co. Massachusetts USA.

Michelle next married Domingo PACHECO Jr. [118376]. Domingo was born on 5 Mar 1963 in San Antonio Bexar Co. Texas USA.

   70 M    iii. Kirk Hadley REA [118365] was born on 6 Aug 1971 in Texas USA.

Kirk married Soqui SERRANO [118366] in Feb 2007. Soqui was born on 29 Sep 1971 in Puerto Rico USA.

Edna next married Ernesto ALONZO h [118367] in 1982 in Houston Harris Co. Texas USA.

Edna next married Carl MUELLER [118368] in 2009 in San Antonio Bexar Co. Texas USA.

49. Wesley EVERITT [118360] (William Hanna EVERITT27, Thomas Edward EVERITT8, Mary Ann McKNIGHT3, Robert1) was born in 1941 in Belfast Northern Ireland and died in Jul 2015 in Canada at age 74.

Wesley married Beverley [118369].

Children from this marriage were:

   71 M    i. Sean EVERITT [118370] .

   72 F    ii. Sherry EVERITT [118371] .

   73 F    iii. Carol EVERITT [118372] .

Carol married McDERMID [118381]. Marriage status: status unknown.


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