VIEWING THE TRENCH
This exhibit is intended to promote an important part of Canadian history and pay tribute to our former engineer and resident, Augustus McKnight. The message we hope the trench will clearly convey is peace and remembrance.
Biography of Lieutenant Augustus Wilberforce McKnight – Augustus Wilberforce McKnight was born in Owen Sound Ontario on August 1, 1888, where he lived with his parents, brothers and sisters. After graduating in 1910 as a Military Engineer from the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario, he travelled west to help with the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.
Sometime Later McKnight went to British Columbia where he became the assistant City Engineer in Prince Rupert, and then worked with an engineering company in Vancouver, becoming a member (number 138) of the provincial Land Surveyors Association. Finally Augustus McKnight moved to the City of Port Moody settling down and becoming a city engineer.
Augustus McKnight was an active citizen of Port Moody where he was a member of the civilian rifle association team and the tennis club’s executive committeeand local Scout Leader.
In 1914 McKnight resigned from his position with the city of Port Moody and was commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant in North Vancouver’s 6th Field Company Canadian Engineers. He went overseas with the 2nd Overseas Contingent ending up in France and Flanders with 4th Field Company, Divisional Engineers. On August 11, 1916 Lieutenant Augustus Wilberforce McKnight was fatally wounded, he was buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery in Belgium.
FOLLOW OUR TRENCH BLOG
Watch as our trench keeps growing, as generous donations help with wood (Mill & Timber), donation of balling wire (Wavor Wire Ltd. ), and the help of the 6th Field Sqn Army cadets.
This blog will chart the progress of the trench project, delivers updates of events and deliver background information on the trench and world war one.
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The group needs fence boards and non-galvanized old corrugated steel, along with nails and screws.
To donate cash or supplies, contact Jim Millar at the Port Moody Station Museum at 604-939-1648