Veterans

First Sea Lord Congratulates WWII Veteran On 100th Birthday

The veteran was presented with a framed letter from the First Sea Lord.

A veteran, believed to be the Royal Navy’s sole surviving officer to have served throughout World War Two, has been congratulated on his 100th birthday by the First Sea Lord.

Captain Duncan Knight (Rtd) had an esteemed career spanning 38 years, having joined as an officer cadet at the age of 14.

During his time in the Royal Navy, he witnessed the Japanese surrender and was even awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in defending an Atlantic convoy during the Second World War.

He was given the medal for "skill and enterprise in action against enemy submarines", managing to ram and sink the U-93 in January 1942.

On Tuesday, Navy personnel joined the veteran for celebrations at his care home in Chichester.

It included a presentation from Commodore David Elford, Naval Regional Commander for the East of England.

Commodore David Elford presented the letter to Captain Knight (Picture: Royal Navy).

As well as the presentation, music was also provided by two bandsmen of the Royal Marines in front of family and staff.

Com Elford presented Capt Knight with a framed letter from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, which praised the veteran for his service.

It read: "We owe a great debt to those such as you who served throughout that conflict and afterwards. 

"Your actions both in war and in peace were in the finest traditions of the Royal Navy and are an inspiration to us all."

Cover image: Captain Knight receiving the framed letter written by the First Sea Lord (Picture: Royal Navy).