Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Padiham, Lancashire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Ouvrier d'usine de coton

Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Burnley, Lancashire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  King's (Liverpool Regiment), 12th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Schreiboom, Langemark, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 31

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

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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Sources utilisées
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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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