Sunday, 15 December 2013

Arthur Atkinson 1894-1916

HMS Defence in 1907 (from Wikipedia)
20 August 1894  

Son of:
John Atkinson, born 1852 in Barnsley.  Retired Innkeeper in 1911 at Oldtown, Barnsley and of 1 Carlton Lane, Smithies in 1916.

Married in Barnsley in Q2 1886 (9c 274)
Mary Ann Atkinson, formerly Hey, nee Marsden, born in Smithies, Barnsley in 1858 died before 1911.

Position in family: The fourth of five children (plus three older half siblings)
1. Emily Atkinson b.1887
2. Herbert Atkinson b.1890 d.1916 WW1 KILLED

3. Walter Atkinson b.1893
4. Arthur Atkinson b.1894 WW1 DIED AS RESULT OF ENEMY ACTION
5. Frank Atkinson b.1900

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: Redbrook Road, Barugh aged 6 Attending School
1911: Old Town, Barnsley aged 16 Pit Labourer

Marriage: Arthur was married to Alice Johnson (b. 1897 Higham, Barnsley) on 13 May 1916 at St George's church, Barnsley. He gives his occupation as Sailor. Alice was living at 1 Springfield Terrace, Dodworth Road, when notified of his death.

Children: They had no children.

Military Service
Enlisted: **
Regiment and Battalion:    Royal Navy HMS "Defence"
Service number and rank:  SS/116247  Stoker 1st Class

Personal information:   ***

Death:     31 May 1916 at the age of 21 years
Memorial at: Plymouth Naval Memorial
Panel Reference: 15

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of John Atkinson, of Barnsley; husband of Alice Jones (formerly Atkinson), of 1, Springfield Terrace, Dodworth Rd., Barnsley.

War Memorial at St Thomas' Church, Gawber
Memorial tablet in St Paul's Church Monk Bretton
Memorial book in St Paul's Church, Monk Bretton
War Memorial, Cross Street, Monk Bretton

Plymouth Naval Memorial

On the St Paul's memorial tablet Arthur's name is followed by the word Jutland.  The HMS Defence was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.  There were no survivors. More information and some pictures can be found here.
Alice, Arthur's widow remarried to Robert P Jones Q1 1918 (9c 283)

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