George Mitchell Knight

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“Sable a griffin rampant sergeant ermine within a border gules"Photo of the link on the Newbury Mayor’s Chain following this appointment. The Arms are based on those used by the Knight family in Newbury 1665.
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“Sable a griffin rampant sergeant ermine within a border gules"Photo of the link on the Newbury Mayor’s Chain following this appointment. The Arms are based on those used by the Knight family in Newbury 1665.
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Mayor of Newbury 1888
©from “Regalia of the Town of Newbury, Berkshire” Compiled by Roderick Thomason, and reproduced with his kind permission.
Mayor of Newbury 1888

GEORGE MITCHELL KNIGHT

 

          The funeral of the late Mr Councillor G.M. Knight took place on Saturday afternoon. Leaving Donnington Square shortly before 3 o'clock, the body was met at the west door of the Parish Church by the Rector of Newbury (Rev. E. I. Gardiner) who read the opening sentence of the beautiful burial service. The psalm was chanted by the choir and the hymn “Mr God my Father while I stray” was sung. The lesson was read by the Rev. W. Pheasant, after which “Now the labourer's task is o'er” was sung. As a recessional the choir sang the nunc demittis and the mournful cortège was reformed and wended its way to the cemetery, where the service was concluded by the Rector.

 

          The mourners were M rs G.M. Knight, (widow), Mr Hubert G. Knight, Mr Stanley Knight, Masters Sidney and Edgar Knight (sons), Mr Councillor Stephen Knight (Mayor of Newbury), Mr William Knight (brothers), Mr & Mrs T. Knight, Mr Councillor Hall, Mr W.E. Hall (sons-in-law), Mr G. Watts, Mr Hopwood and Mr W. I. Bravant.

 

          The following members of the Corporation and Borough Officials were also present, attended by the mace bearers. The maces being draped: Mr Councillor Long (Deputy Mayor), Aldermen Hickman, Jackson, Lucas, Adey, Absalom, Councillors Elliott, Ravenor, A.Jackson, and Lovell. Mr W, Pettifer (Deputy Town Clerk), Mr A.E. Stickland (Borough Surveyor), and Mr J. Mason (auditor).

 

          Amongst those present  at Church and ceremony were  Rev. J.G. Gibbs,(Vicar of St Mary's), Rev. J. Atkins, Mr H. Burke Godwin (Town Clerk), Dr Kerby, Messrs R. Canning, G.J.Cosburn, J. N. Day, G. Withers, C. Saunders, F.J.Coldicutt, F.J.Harrold, T.W. Graham, E.James, D.R.Jones, J.W.Kemp, J.Edmonds, R.Basing, W. Beams,  Pocock, J.Rolfe, J.Pyke, Pearce, T.W. Twissell, W.Edwards, I.Hamblin, S.Knight jun., R.Reeves, A.Percy, and many others.

 

          The coffin which was of polished oak with brass fittings, was drawn on an open funeral car, and bore the inscription

GEORGE MITCHELL KNIGHT

Died June 3rd, 1891

Aged 53 years.

 

[There follows a long list of wreaths, including ones from the Mayor, the Corporation,  the Newbury Working Men's Conservative Club, the Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope and the Porchester Lodge of the Mark Master Freemasons.]  

The Royal Standard was at half mast at the Municipal Buildings, as was the union jack at the Conservative Club. The bell at the Parish Church was tolled, and many tradesmen testified to their respect by raised shutters or drawn blind.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr H.S. Haninghton of Northbrook Street

 

 

          In accordance with the wishes of the widow and family the Freemasons did not attend in Masonic clothing, although there were a large number of the Brethren present to pay a last token of fraternal respect and sympathy.

 

Newbury Weekly News ? June 1891.

Note Mr Knight lived at No. 25 Donnington square.

 

 see also:  https://newbury.gov.uk/pdf/mayors-of-newbury.pdf

                Biographical survey of the Mayors of Newbury by Anthony C.Pick 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 7 June 1891

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