Lockdown Lecture: Captain Ralph Kite “A Very Parfit Gentil Knight” (Available Now)
Lockdown Lectures: Captain Ralph Kite - "A Very Parfit Gentil Knight"
First Streamed: Tuesday 25 May 2021 (Archived Video and Q&A available now)
The first of our Lockdown Lectures covering the Great War, A Very Parfit Gentil Knight explores a story that would be tragically familiar to many families during the era.
Captain Ralph Kite died of wounds inflicted during the attack on Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of Ancre on the 13 November 1916 while commanding D Company of 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He had been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry just the month before the fateful battle.
His story can now be told thanks to the work of his great-nephew Simon Harris, author of the authoritative History of the 43rd and 52nd (Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) Light Infantry in the Great War 1914-1918 Volume II The 52nd Light Infantry in France and Belgium.
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