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William Henry ATKINSON

Regimental number6951
Place of birthClare, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressCowell, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, James William Atkinson, Thornton Street, Dulwich, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Discharge date6 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 16 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; joined 10th Bn, in the field, 14 May 1917.

Found guilty, 8 December 1917, of when on Active Service being absent from 0800 parade after being duly warned: admonished.

Detached to Divisional Signal School, 24 December 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 13 January 1918.

Detached to Brigade Signal School, 20 January 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 10 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 27 February 1918.

Accidentally injured, 29 May 1918 (lacerated lip), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 30 May 1918, and transferred same day to 15th Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 June 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 14 August 1918 (physical exhaustion); transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 August 1918, and then to Ambulance Train No 28, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 August 1918; transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 22 August 1918; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 23 August 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 27 September 1918.

Found guilty, Havre, 2 October 1918, of drunkenness when on Active Service: awarded forfeiture of 21 days' pay, 5 October 1918.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, from hospital, 11 October 1918.

Detached to Schol of Instruction, 14 October 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 4 November 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 January 1919; rejoined Bn from leave, 14 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde', 16 June 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 30 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), Adelaide, 6 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin address incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Dulwick.
Date of death31 May 1947
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINSON William Henry

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