George Ernest ATKINS


ATKINS, George Ernest

Service Number: 4278
Enlisted: 30 August 1915, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bellerive, Tasmania, Australia, April 1894
Home Town: Lindisfarne, Clarence, Tasmania
Schooling: Bellerive State School
Occupation: Waiter
Died: Killed In Action, France, 19 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clarence Honour Roll, Hobart Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

30 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4278, Hobart, Tasmania
5 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4278, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4278, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
19 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4278, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Paige Tregenza

Life Before the War:

George Ernest Atkins was born in Bellerive, Tasmaina and lived in Beach House, Lindisfarne, Tasmania. Atkins attended Bellerive State School and worked as a waiter before he enlisted for the Australian Army. Atkins doesn’t have any previously listed military service as he was only 21 at the time of enlistment. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs E Atkins, who also lived with him in Beach House, Lindsfarne, Tasmania and wasn’t married.


Life in Service:

George Ernest Atkins enlisted for the Australian Army on the 30th August 1915 and embarked from Melbourne Victoria on board the HMAT A19 Afric on 5th January 1916. Atkins was ranked as a Private and was in the 12th Battalion. He was killed in action between the 19th and 22nd of August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest battle during the war which resulted in over 1 million deaths in a matter of 4 months. Atkins was buried at the Australian National Memorial at the Villers-Bretonneux, France.



Biography contributed by Paige Tregenza

He died in the battle of Pozieres, Somme Sector, France.