George Henry (Cyril Roy) ATKINSON

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ATKINSON, George Henry

Service Numbers: B3106, 3755
Enlisted: 4 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goodwood Park, South Australia, Australia, 22 June 1898
Home Town: Goodwood, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Goodwood Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Menin Road, Ypres, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goodwood Public School WW1 Roll of Honor, Hawthorn Victory Lodge Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN B3106
4 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3755, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3755, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Son of George Albert ATKINSON and Clara nee HIMSWORTH

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 16 October 1917

DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

ATKINSON.—Killed in action in France on September 20, Private Cyril Roy Atkinson, dearly loved youngest son of G. A. Atkinson, Railway terrace, North Goodwood, aged 19 years. Sadly missed. His duty nobly done.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5562906 (nla.gov.au)

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895 - 1954) Saturday 27 October 1917

THE LATE PRIVATE ATKINSON.

Mr.G. A. Atkinson, of Railway-terrace, Goodwood, has received official news that his youngest son, Private Cyril Roy Atkinson, was killed in action on September 20. Private Atkinson was 19 years of age, and received his education at the Goodwood public school. He lost his mother when only five years old. Shortly after war was declared, although he was only 17 years old, he offered his services and was accepted. When the authorities learned his age, however, he was rejected, but possessing the zeal which made the name of "Anzac" famous within a fortnight he had again enlisted, this time under the assumed name of George Henry Atkinson. He was then accepted and sailed on February 7, 1916. He attended the Goodwood Methodist Sunday school. He was of a bright and generous disposition, and had numerous friends. He escaped unhurt until   he received the wound which caused his death. Private Atkinson's only unmarried brother, Private Ernest Atkinson, is in Harfield Hospital, London suffering from trench fever.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8740980 (nla.gov.au)

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