John Whitehead Atkinson (c.1894-1918)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- ATKINSON, JOHN WHITEHEAD. Sergeant. No 20264. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Born Upperthong. Son of Thomas and Lily Atkinson, Greenhill Bank, New Mill. Educated at New Mill National School. Attended the Sunday School and was a chorister in the New Mill Parish Church choir. Worked as a butcher, firstly for Mr Fred Brook of Holmfirth and then for Mr James Taylor of Crosland Moor. Enlisted 1.2.1915. Embarked for France October, 1915. Was killed by shellfire, 26.5.1918, at 5.50pm, aged 23 years. Buried in St. PATRICK'S CEMETERY, LOOS. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row A, Grave 13.
- ROH:- New Mill Working Men's Club; Fulstone War Memorial; commemorated on memorial in St. David's Churchyard, Holmbridge.
- Brother to Gunner RANDAL ATKINSON, killed in action 25.4.1917.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Serjeant ATKINSON
- regiment: Yorkshire Regiment
- died: Sunday, May 26, 1918
- record ID: 562892
- Photos on the Wall: A Short History of New Mill and the Great War (2015) by Tom Ashworth
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #562892)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #97249)