Bert Knighton

Census Address: 2 Belgrave Terrace
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1899
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Place of Death: Stamford
Date Died: 1957
Belgrave Terrace

Bertie Knighten, born in 1900 was the son of Charles and Kate Knighten and lived at 2 Belgrave Terrace with his three brothers and three sisters. His father was a Linotype compositor, working for the Stamford Mercury. All the children were born in Stamford. In 1911 his two elder brothers Cecil and Charles, aged 18, worked as fitter’s apprentices. The younger children were still at school. In 1901 they had lived at 16 St Paul’s Street.

Bert joined up in 1917 and served with the 1/5 Lincolnshire regiment. He was awarded the British and Victory medals. On June 27th 1926 he married Gwendoline Annie Risely at St Michael’s church in Stamford. He died in 1957 in Stamford.

 In 1911 Belgrave Terrace housed 40 people in a row of 6 small houses (3 rooms) in the area north of North Street.  It has since been demolished and is now in 2015 North Street car park. The occupants were mainly employed in manual labour and had young families.