Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Padiham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Cotton Mill Worker

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
 —  King's (Liverpool Regiment), 12th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Schreiboom, Langemark, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 31

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Private John Atkinson – a Cotton Mill worker from Padiham, Lancashire - served in the 12th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment, part of the 61st Brigade of the 20th (Light) Division.

John’s unit participated in the Battle of Langemarck which lasted from the 16th of August till the 18th. On the 16th it captured the final objective, at the hamlet of Schreiboom, east of the ruins of Langemarck. When a German counterattack almost encircled the King’s positions, the right flank of the 12th Battalion was forced to retreat some 200 yards.

On the following day the centre Company, having lost all its officers and senior N.C.O’s, suddenly vacated its position and fell back. The Germans quickly recaptured these positions and the 12th King’s were ordered to recapture the lost ground during the afternoon. But the attack was to no avail. The Germans held their line and only 250-odd yards were gained.

The 12th King’s were relieved on the night of 17th and 18th August. Losses had been heavy. Four officers and forty-one men were killed, seven officers and 230 other ranks were wounded and thirty-four men went missing. During the relief two soldiers were killed.

Private John Atkinson, aged 24, was killed in action on 18 August 1917. John has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Long Long Trail
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McCarthy, C., "Passchendaele the Day by Day Account", Londen, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018, pg. 59-60.
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War Diary
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Wyrall, E., "The History of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-1919", London, Edward Arnold & Co., 1935, pg. 509-513.
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