William Hugh Knight
William Hugh Knight was, according to an American news report published in 1922 and sourced to the London Times, an explorer and member of the "British Royal Societies Club" (referring perhaps to the Royal Society) who claimed to have sighted a Yeti during an expedition to Tibet, an encounter that was claimed to have taken place shortly before the "last Tibetan war" (presumably referring to either the Younghusband Mission of 1903, an invasionary action by British Indian forces against the Ganden Phodrang regime, or the Qing Expedition of 1910, a similar invasion initiated by the Chinese ruling dynasty).
In the report, Knight said of the encounter: "Speaking to the best of my recollection, he was a little under six feet high, almost stark naked in that bitter cold — it was the month of November. He was a kind of pale yellow all over, about the color of a Chinaman, a shock of matted hair on his head, little hair on his face, highly splayed feet, and large formidable hands. His muscular development in the arms, thighs, legs, back and chest was terrific. He had in his hand what seemed to be some form of primitive bow. He did not see me, but stood there, and I watched him for some five or six minutes. He was watching some man or beast far down the hillside. At the end of some five minutes he started off at a run down the hill, and I was impressed with the tremendous speed at which he traveled."
However, there seems to be no evidence that a William Hugh Knight existed outside of the news article.
- Haslam, Garth, William Hugh Knight's Yeti Sighting, anomalyinfo.com, http://anomalyinfo.com/Stories/pre-1922-william-hugh-knights-yeti-sighting