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John Atkinson

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1893
Geboorteplaats:
Padiham, Lancashire, Engeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk

Algemene Informatie

Beroep:
Textielarbeider

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Engeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Strijdmacht:
British Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
235394
Dienstneming plaats:
Burnley, Lancashire, Engeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Eenheden:
 —  King's (Liverpool Regiment), 12th Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
18/08/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Schreiboom, Langemark, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
24

Gedenkplaats

Tyne Cot Memorial
Paneel: 31

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 2

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Mijn verhaal

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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Ancestry
https://ancestry.co.uk
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/846537/atkinson,-john/
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Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/20th-light-division/
Gebruikte bronnen
McCarthy, C., "Passchendaele the Day by Day Account", Londen, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018, pg. 59-60.
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War Diary
http://www.nmarchive.com/
Gebruikte bronnen
Wyrall, E., "The History of the King's Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-1919", London, Edward Arnold & Co., 1935, pg. 509-513.
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