Sally Knight: Helped service families in Norfolk

For more than three decades, Sally Knight, who has died aged 94, helped service families in Norfolk and also in the Far East.

She was appointed a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1981 for her voluntary work for the Soldiers' Sailors' and Airmen's Families' Association (SSAFA).

And she continued for some years helping service and ex-Service personnel as divisional secretary for the Dereham area of the Norfolk County branch of SSAFA.

Born on the Isle of Wight, Mrs Knight was working in Lloyds Bank's London headquarters in 1940 when it was evacuated to Salisbury, Wiltshire. Here she met her husband, who had been at Dunkirk. They were married in 1941. After the Second World War, she was an honourary deputy director of SSAFA with the British Forces in Austria and worked as a local committee member in army stations, where her husband, later to become Col C E (Bob) Knight was serving, who had also been made MBE for his services in Palestine.

Subsequently she was chairman of SSAFA committee in the Commonwealth Brigade in Malaya, which covered British, Australian and New Zealand representatives.


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When her husband retired from the army, the couple moved to Mattishall in Norfolk in 1967 as he became accommodation officer at the newly-formed University of East Anglia.

In retirement, she lived quietly for some years in Mattishall. Throughout her 43 years in the village, she had a great interest in the celebrated 18th century diarist Parson Woodforde.

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She is survived by her husband and leaves a son, Robin, daughter Susie and grandchildren Mark and Louisa.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at Colney Woodland Burial Park on Wednesday, October 27 at 2pm.

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