Horace Reiby Elliott ATKINSON


ATKINSON, Horace Reiby Elliott

Service Number: 6174
Enlisted: 13 November 1939, Richmond, New South Wales
Last Rank: Aircraftman
Last Unit: 1 Engineering School
Born: Southport, Queensland, 11 December 1905
Home Town: Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mechanic
Died: Died of Illness, Melbourne, Victoria, 31 May 1940, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Williamstown (General) Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
CE area. Sect U, Row 30.Grave 5.2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

13 Nov 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 6174, Richmond, New South Wales
14 Nov 1939: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 6174
31 May 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 6174, 1 Engineering School, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Horace Reiby Elliott ATKINSON was born on 11th December, 1905 in Southport, Queensland

His parents were James Percival ATKINSON & Margaret Louise ELLIOTT who had married on 20th October 1897 in St Pauls Church, Ipswich - his father James died in 1936 in Queensland

He enlisted in Richmond, NSW on 13th November, 1939 with the Royal Australian Air Force - his posting at his death was 1 Engineering School, Ascot Vale in Victoria

Horace collapsed & died at work at the No. 1 RAAF Engineering Schol  at the Showground on 31st May, 1940 

He is buried in Williamstown General Cemetery & also commemorated at the Australian War Memorial & listed in The Australian Book of Remembrance in the ACT (Commonwealth War Graves)

Trove article

Flight mechanic dies at work in Melbourne Friday.  Soon after he had complained of feeling ill whle working at No. 1 RAAF Engineering school at the Showgrounds yesterday, Horace Atkinson, a flight mechanic who came from Brisbane collapsed & died

Trove article - Courier Mail, Brisbane, 5th June 1940

Deaths:  Horace Atkinson on 31st May, 1940 at Melbourne, youngest son of Mrs. Atkinson and the late J.P .Atkinson, York St, Indooroopilly