ATKINS, Alfred

Service Number: 5031
Enlisted: 30 December 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1857
Home Town: Verdun (Formerly Grunthal), Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Plumber
Died: Self inflicted wounds (cut throat), Larkhill, England, United Kingdom, 19 November 1917
Cemetery: Sutton Cemetery
Grave No. 252, Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Verdun Roll of Honour Memorial
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World War 1 Service

30 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, 5031, 2nd Depot Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 5031, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 5031, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 18th November......Private Alfred Atkins was born at Geelong, Victoria around 1870. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 30th December, 1915 as a 45 year old Plumber from Grunthal, South Australia.

Private Atkins embarked from Adelaide on 25th March, 1916 for England where further training would occur. He was attached to 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington, Wiltshire.

Private Atkins was medically classed as "C1" on 16th April, 1917 - fit for Home Service only. He was declared illegally absent from 8th May, 1917.

Private Alfred Atkins died on 19th November, 1917 of wounds (cut throat - self inflicted) at No. 3 Camp, Larkhill, Wiltshire, England. He had been admitted into Fargo Hospital dead.

A Coroner's Inquest was held & it was found that he had died from Suicide - while of unsound mind.

Private Atkins was buried in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny, WIltshire, England where 140 other WW1 Australian Soldiers & 2 Australian Nurses are buried.