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Edward Huon ATKINSON

Regimental number52
Place of birthLong Bay, Hobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor
Addressc/o Rev. H.B. Atkinson, Rectory, East Devonport, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 10"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Rev. Henry Bruni Atkinson, Rectory, East Devonport, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 November 1914
Place of enlistmentHoldsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSquadron Quartermaster Sergaent
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 8 March 1917
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery (Portion Church of England, Plot JJ, Row 3, Grave No. 7), Hobart
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Sarah ATKINSON. Native of Gordon, Tasmania
Discharge date27 July 1917
Other details

War service: Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine.

Taken on strength of 1st Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli Peninsula, 29 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 December 1915.

Promoted Squadron Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer 2nd Class), Wardan, 13 December 1915.

Proceeded to join the Western Frontier Force, 14 January 1916.

Taken on strength of 12th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 22 February 1916.

Marched into Tel el Kebir, 26 April 1916.

To act as Temporary Regiment Sergeant Major, Duidar, 16 June 1916.

Promoted Acting Regimental Sergeant Major, Serapeum, 25 July 1916.

Promoted Regimental Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer 1st Class), 25 July 1916.

Promoted Second Lieutenant, Ferry Post, 1 December 1916.

Transferred to 4th Training Regiment, 24 February 1917; marched into 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 25 February 1917.

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 25 February 1917.

Admitted to No 14 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 3 March 1917 (phthisis); discharged, 7 March 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Willochra', 8 March 1917; disembarked Sydney, 25 April 1917; admitted to No 12 Australian General Hospital, 29 April 1917 (pulmonary tuberculosis); appointment terminated (discharged), Hobart, 27 July 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Cause of death: tuberculosis (due to war service)
Date of death23 July 1918
Age at death42
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINSON Edward Huon

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