William Gladstone Atkinson (1867-1917)
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, WILLIAM GLADSTONE. Marine Engineer. Born Huddersfield. Brother of Mr H.S. Atkinson, 9 Marsh Grove Road, Huddersfield. Married. Enlisted 4.8.1914. Serving on board HMS Alfred H Read (Pilot Patrol boat No 1). Pilot boat engaged in Mersey defence when accidentally shot on board, 15.10.1917.
Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury (17/Oct/1917):
Mr A.G. Inglis, the Liverpool City Coroner yesterday conducted an inquiry into the circumstances of the death of William Gladstone Atkinson aged 49 years, a Marine Engineer, who resided at Gadlys House, Bagillt, Flintshire, Wales. On Sunday, Atkinson who was Chief Engineer on a steamer sailing into the vicinity of the Bar of the Mersey was lying in his bunk innocently below deck. A man on the deck was carrying a loaded rifle which accidentally went off. The bullet pierced the deck and lodged in the stomach of Atkinson as he lay in his bunk. Death ensued before he could be landed at the Docks. The evidence showed that the gun was fired accidentally. The man who held it said he thought the trigger must have been caught by a button of his clothing. At the time he had the butt of his rifle under his arm for the purpose of unloading the weapon. All witnesses identified that the matter was a pure accident. The jury found that death was due to accident.