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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Garnet Laredo Knight


Leading Seaman, Engineering Mechanic


27084-H, RCN


Born: 21 Jul 1936, Orilla, Ontario


Died: 067 Dec 2003, Winter Haven, Florida, USA


KNIGHT, Garnet Laredo - 67 years, passed away suddenly at his winter residence in winter Haven, Florida, on December 7, 2003. Formerly of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Loving husband and best friend to Gloria (nee Power) for 42 years. Cherished father to Garnet Stormy and wife Susi (Trenton); Kelly and husband David Mickle (Amherstburg); Sherry Knight (Toronto). Devoted papa to Amber, Garnet Erich, Alex, Erin and Sarah. Predecease by his parents Garnet Sr. and Edith Knight. Dear brother to Lynn and husband Cecil; Sherry and husband Allan; Terry and wife Karen; Kim and wife Joann; Bruce and wife Lori; Kristine. Predeceased by sister Charmaine and survived by her husband Bob and predeceased by brother Morely. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Also missed by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carol and Glen Laing. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass celebrating Garnet's life will be held on December 13, 2003 at St. John The Baptist Church, 225 Brock St., Amherstburg at 11:00 a.m. In kindness memorial tributes may be made to the War Amps of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. All are welcome. 


Garnet Knight enlisted in the RCN on 19 Oct 1953 and released on 18 Oct 1958 (engagement complete).


Ships served in:

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Drafted to Magnificent 26 Jun 1954





(GK00) Final enlistment instructions for Garnet Knight to join the RCN  (GK01) Garnet Knight  (GK02) (GK02) Johnny Harder and Garnet Knight (right), HMCS CORNWALLIS, 24 Nov 1953





(GK03) Albany Pub, England, Apr 1954 - L-R: LSEM Beaudry (of Saint John, NB), ABEM Knight (of Orillia, ON), ABEM Patterson (of Verdun, QC), and LSEM Moore (of Toronto, ON)  (GK04) Garnet Knight on the gun sponson on HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Sep 1954  (GK05) HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Ship's program 04 Sep - 07 Dec 1955 







(GK06) HMCS MAGNIFICENT, Trondheim, Norway 03 Oct 1955  (GK07) On 29 Oct 1955, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, while enroute from Rotterdam to Gibraltar, conducted a memorial service at sea for those lost in the sinking of HMCS ATHABASKAN G07 on 29 Apr 1944  (GK08) Sailors from HMCS MAGNIFICENT ashore in Barcelona, Spain 06 Nov 1955 - L-R: Boyde Anderson (of Sydney, NS), Blaize MacKenzie (of Antigonish, NS), Don Ferris (of Windsor, ON) and Garnet Knight (or Orillia, ON) - (GK09) Sailors from HMCS MAGNIFICENT throwing coins into a fountain - location unknown  (GK10) HMCS MAGNIFICENT conducting RAS with unknown AOR - date unknown






(GK11) Divisions on the flight deck of HMCS MAGNIFICENT enroute to Cairo, Egypt during the Suez crisis  (GK12) Army equipment on HMCS MAGNIFICENT being off-loaded in Port Said, Egypt.  Note the UN flag and UN berets on the small craft in the foreground.  (GK13) On the occasion of the paying-off of HMCS MAGNIFICENT in 1957  (GK14) Message from LCdr R.M. Greene, CO of HMCS Sault Ste Marie and Commander of the 11th Canadian Escort Squadron (CANCORTON 11) to the ships of CANCORTON 11 after a successful deployment 




(GK15) Telegram received by Garnet Knight's parents after he was admitted to the RCN Hospital at HMCS Stadacona after ingesting drinks spiked with duplicating machine fluid - methyl alcohol - 23 Jan 1955  (GK16) Second telegram 24 hours later informing his parents he was removed from the seriously ill list - 24 Jan 1955







(GK17-GK21) Newspaper articles from 1955 on the incident where 47 sailors from HMCS MAGNIFICENT were hospitalized after having drinks spiked with methyl alcohol - definitely not the Navy's finest hour.






(GK22) Article on HMCS MAGNIFICENT departing Halifax for European deployment - 2 Sep 1955  (GK23) Article mentioning 2 of HMCS MAGNIFICENT'S sailors - AB William Failey and SLT (P) Charles Long (GK24) Article on HMCS MAGNIFICENT departing Halifax for a European deployment - Toronto Daily Star, Friday, 02 Sep 1955  (GK25) HMCS MAGNIFICENT'S sailing schedule - Spring Cruise 27 Feb - 07 May 1956




(GK26) AB Knight's joining card for HMCS MAGNIFICENT  (GK27) Stores Pass to allow AB.EM Knight to take a carton of duty free cigarettes out of the dockyard - dated 15 May 1957



Paintings created for Lamb's Rum


Ashore in Naples

Christmas tree coming aboard

Mail at sea

Naval party (Banyan)


Shore leave

Up Spirits




Photos and information courtesy of Garnet Knight



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