Rossie O. Knight
Rossie O. Knight, a son of Sovin J. Knight and Ann Eliza Allen, and grew up on his parents’ farm near Rays Mill (now Ray City), GA. He was one of many young men of Berrien County who served in WWI. Rossie served in France with the U.S. 1st Division, where he was engaged in major campaigns at Montdidier, Marne, St. Mihiel and Argonne. After the Armistice he served in occupation of Germany at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
Family member Bryan Shaw shares the following:
“Rossie Knight returned home after the war but was plagued with the effects of multiple gas exposures he received while fighting in France. Rossie remained single the rest of his life. He died November 16, 1963 at the age of 71.
“These photos of Rossie O. Knight are very revealing. First of all there is the young Rossie with tousled hair standing tall and almost innocent in his demeanor and facial features.
In the next photo, chest up and three-quarters, he is firm and self confident, ready for any challenge he is faced with, slightly older and more mature looking than the first photo.
Then, almost a tragic contrast are the last two photos, one standing alone with hat in hand, the other with his two brothers, Mansfield in the center and Leland on the right. Rossie is on the left.
After all he had seen and endured throughout the war, the obvious effects on his mental well being is poignantly captured. He appears almost timid and withdrawn. He had emotional and health problems throughout the remainder of his life. A handsome young man, he came back from the war broken, and he never married.”
He is buried at the Pleasant Cemetery in the Lois community.”
- Rossie O. Knight and the Nixon Nitration Works
- Rossie O. Knight and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
- Eliza Allen and Sovin Knight
- Rossie O. Knight and the WWI Victory Medal
- Sullivan Jordan Knight ~ Obituary 1911
- Sullivan Jordan “Sovin” Knight (1858 – 1911)
- Ray City, GA Veterans of World War I
- Shaw Family Newsletter: Rossie O. Knight – Soldier of Misfortune