Ralph Knight ~ Ray City Soldier ~ WWI

Private Knight entered service in July, 1918. Was attached to 5th Company, Coast Artillery Corps, Ft. Screven, Ga. Embarked for over-seas in September, 1918, and was drowned on the ill-fated transport “Otranto,” which was sunk off the Scottish Coast in a collision October 6, 1918.

Ralph Knight (1889-1918)

Ralph Knight was one of the Knight brothers of Ray City, GA:  Paul, Adrian, Ralph, Raleigh, all sons of Walter Howard Knight and Jimmie Gardener Gullette.  There were four sisters; Julia Elizabeth Knight, Ruby Texas Knight, Laurie Inez Knight, and Dollie Howard Knight.

Ralph married Effie Guthrie, daughter of Arrin and Lucy Guthrie.

Ralph Knight registered for the WWI draft June 5, 1917.  According to his draft card his birth date was April 19, 1890 although his gravemarker gives his date of birth as April 19, 1889.  The physical description given on his draft card was:  Medium height Medium build, brown eyes, black hair.

Ralph did not return from the war; he was killed in the Otranto Disaster.  He is buried in Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, Georgia.

Effie Guthrie Knight’s home was on Park Street, Ray City, GA.  It  was the home of her father, Arrin Guthrie, and others of her family, although it was owned by Effie.  For all of her life, a large print of the portrait above hung in the parlor of Effie Knight’s home.


  1. May 2, 2011 at 12:14 am

    […] Maria and Adrian had two children, Owen Adrian, Jr., born April, 1918,  and Ralph H.,  born May 31, 1919.  Ralph was named after his uncle killed in the Otranto disaster in October, 1918. (See Ralph Knight ~ Ray City Soldier ~ WWI) […]

  2. May 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    […] men were placed into other companies of the Coast Artillery Corps including Bennie Griner, Ralph Knight, John F. Moore, Thomas J. Sirmons, George Hutto, and Benjamin F. McCranie among others.  WWI […]

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