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Offline Pete Th

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Arthur Atkinson - POW
« on: January 13, 2008, 02:44:12 PM »
Hi, can anyone provide any further information on Arthur Atkinson, e.g. where and when he was captured and also where was he held as a POW. I have listed all the info I have below:


Private 202296 2nd/5th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment.
199th Brigade, 66th Division.

Born in Carrington,  son of William and Sarah Ellen Atkinson, of 17, Liverpool Road, Higher Irlam, with whom he resided (his parents later lived at 35, Addison Road, Irlam.). February 1917, arrived with his Battalion, in France. He was at some point over the next year and a half captured and became a prisoner of war. He died as a POW on Monday, 14th October 1918, aged 20. It is known that he is buried within Erquelinnes Communal Cemetery, Belgium although the exact position of his grave is not known, therefore he is commemorated on a special memorial headstone in the cemetery. The following is inscribed on his headstone “The sweetest of memories are all that are left.” He was awarded the ‘pair’.

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: Arthur Atkinson - POW
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 10:47:57 PM »
 i had a look thru the WDs tonight, the 2/5th were pretty good with their casualty reports up until march 1918, when they took a severe pounding in the german spring offensive

i can find no mention of him before that and the casualty reports for March seem to be either missing or never written up. i surmise that he went missing in the attack on the 21st march, but cannot be certain i'm afraid
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Arthur Atkinson - POW
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 12:59:11 PM »
Just to let you know Arthur is on our POW database now.
It was added a while ago!