There are a number of memorials to the Knight family. This family had a long connection with Barrells Hall.
A tablet on the south wall is inscribed:
“To the dear memory of the Rev. Henry Charles Knight, second son of Robert and the Hon. Frances Knight of Barrels, born October the 7th 1813, died December the 1st 1887; and of Katherine Paterson his wife who died May 9th 1884.
Frances Knight died June 15th 1916.
Lucy C.E. Marshall died June 22nd 1932.
Henrietta Knight died August 28th 1914.
Katherine Knight died April 21st 1922.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints in glory everlasting”.
Robert Knight never acknowledged Henry Charles Knight as his son since Robert and his wife Frances had separated some time before Henry Charles Knight was born. He did not want Henry Charles to inherit but was unable to prevent this. However the next in line, Robert’s nephew Charles Raleigh Knight, planned to contest Henry Charles’ claim so an agreement was reached that the estate would be sold and the proceeds shared between them. In 1856, following the death of Robert Knight, the Barrels Estate was sold. Henry Charles Knight purchased a substantial amount of the property and land, including Moat House Farm and Hall End Farm.
Henry Charles Knight did not live in Ullenhall but he maintained a connection through his property “The Ullenhall Estate”. It also seemed that he wished to continue his family’s connection with the area. A newspaper report of 1859 showed that he attended the inaugural Thanksgiving Service and Public Harvest Home Fete. In his speech at this occasion “ . . . Mr Knight expressed the great pleasure he felt in meeting so many of his friends and neighbours on this pleasing occasion. As the head of a family which had lived amongst them for more than three centuries, he could not but feel a deep interest in their welfare . . .” [The Royal Leamington Spa Courier and Warwickshire Standard 1/10/1859]
Frances, Lucy, Henrietta and Katherine were the daughters of Henry Charles Knight and Katherine. All four of them are buried in the graveyard at the Old Chapel. Frances, Henrietta and Katherine never married. They lived together at “Brooke End” in Henley-in-Arden, a house built and designed for them by the architect CFA Voysey in 1909.
Below this memorial is another in memory to Henrietta Knight and the bequest she made to found the Knight Charity:
“In Memory of Henrietta Knight who died August 28th 1914 and is buried in this churchyard. By her will she bequeathed one thousand pounds to found the Knight Charity for the benefit of the old and poor people of the parish of Ullenhall and in memory of her father Henry Charles Knight, born October 7th 1813”.
The other sister Lucy Knight married the Rev. Edward Thory Marshall in 1879. They had nine children:
Frederic Charles (1880 – 1962)
John Edward ‘Jack’ (1881 – 1915)
Frances Katherine (1882 – 1960)
Hannath Arnold ‘Hans’ (1883 – 1962)
Arthur Paterson (1884 – 1938)
Russell Hardy Sidney ‘Russ’ (1885 – 1986)
Evelyn Saffery ‘Eve’ (1887 – 1916)
Henry ‘Hal’ (1888 – 1981)
Henrietta Mary (1881 – 1980)
[Source: The Knights Of Barrells by A.E. Carden 1993 – These dates need to be verified]
John Edward ‘Jack’ and Evelyn ‘Eve’ were both killed serving in the army during World War I. On the north wall of the Old Chapel there is a memorial to Jack:
“R.I.P – In loving memory of Capt. J. E. Marshall, D.C.L.I., killed in action March 30 1915 – Faithful unto death”.
Opposite, on the south wall, there is a memorial to Evelyn:
“The noble army of martyrs praise thee. In loving memory of Capt. Evelyn Marshall of the Royal Warwickshire Regt., son of Canon Edward and Lucy Marshall of Sutton near Ely, and grandson of the late Henry Charles and Katherine Knight who after serving through the operations in Gallipoli (being one of the last to leave Sulva Bay) was mortally wounded at El Hanneh on the Tigris and died on April 6th 1916 in his 30th year.
‘Qui procul hinc’ the legend’s writ – The Eastern Grave is far away – ‘Qui ante diem periit, Sed miles, sed pro patria’”.
The quotation is adapted from a poem ‘Clifton Chapel’ by Henry Newbolt. The original poem says ‘The frontier-grave is far away’. The Latin translates as – He who died so far from home, died before his time: but he was a soldier, and it was for his country he died.
Using war records and family letters Roger Marshall, their great nephew, has provided an interesting account of the brothers’ experiences serving in the army: