Albert Frank Knight was born in Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, in 1891, the son of William Knight, a railway Lampman and Elizabeth Knight (nee Rogers). The youngest of five children, 2 of which died in childhood. He was Baptised on 29th March 1891, at St Mary’s Church, Bletchley, Bucks. He grew up in Fenny Stratford with his two older sisters.
The 1891 Census records Albert aged 1 month, living with his parents William and Elizabeth, sisters Daisy 7, and Ethel 2, in Duncombe Street, Fenny Stratford, Bucks.
Alberts mother Elizabeth died in 1895. His father William remarried on 17th April 1897, at St Mary’s Church, Fenny Stratford, Bucks, to Emma Adams, (a Widow).
By 1901, his oldest sister, Daisy, was 14 and was employed as a living-in domestic servant in Fenny Stratford. His father William was now a Signalman for the London North Western Railway Company. Albert aged 10, was living with his father and stepmother Emma and sister Ethel 12, in Duncombe Street, Fenny Stratford, Bucks.
In December 1907, Albert enlisted at Northampton, in the Army. In February 1908 he was posted to the 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment initially with the service number 8240, and then 8671. His 1907, Service Record gives his address as 61 Manor Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. His aged given as 17yrs & 11months and he was working as a Builders Labourer.
1911 Census records Albert living at home with his father and stepmother Emma in Bugbrooke, Northampton. His occupation given as a Soldier in the Northamptonshire Regiment.