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John William ATKINSON

Regimental number33
Place of birthEden Valley, South Australia
SchoolEden Valley Public School, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressEden Valley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Maria Atkinson, Eden Valley, South Australia
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 March 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death33.6
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialDernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VI, Row C, Grave 30), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie Maria ATKINSON. Native of Eden Valley, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 15923 Pte Alick Samuel ATKINSON, 10th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 18 January 1919.
Other detailsWar service: Egypt, France, Belgium. Gassed and wounded, 8 March 1917; invalided to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; died of wounds, 9 March 1917.

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