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Maurice Chester ATKINSON

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Surname: ATKINSON

Forename(s): Maurice Chester

Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire

Service No: 476578

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Canadian Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Canadian Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1917-06-16

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CWGC Memorial: VIMY MEMORIAL

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Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

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Maurice Chester Atkinson (born 27 March 1894) was the son of Edgar and Emma Atkinson, née Simpson. Edgar was born at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire and Emma at Liverpool, Lancashire. [Emma's father was born at Barnoldswick, c. 1835.]

1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 31, Church Street - Maurice C. Atkinson, aged 7 years, born Barnoldswick, son of Edgar and Emma Atkinson.

Maurice was married to Jean Mary Cheetham in 1915.

A short biography of Maurice is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Canadian service records: http://www.baclac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

ATKINSON, Signaller Maurice Chester, aged 24 years, Canadian Artillery, son of Mr. Edgar Atkinson, formerly of Church Street, [Barnoldswick], killed in action June 16, 1917.

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Gunner Maurice Chester ATKINSON

Gunner Maurice Chester ATKINSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Canadian Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Canadian Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Canadian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Canadian Division

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Surname: ATKINSON

Forename(s): Maurice Chester

Country of Service: Canadian

Service Number: 476578

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Canadian Field Artillery

Unit: 1st Bde.

Age: 23

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Died Date: 16/06/1917

Additional Information: Son of Edgar Atkinson, of 1635, Chandler Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia; husband of Jean Mary Burkitt (formerly Atkinson) of Shirley Farm, Salt Spring Island British Columbia.

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Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman, Clitheroe)

Page from the First World War ‘Book of Remembrance’: Gunner Maurice Chester Atkinson

Page from the First World War ‘Book of Remembrance’: Gunner Maurice Chester Atkinson

Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman, Clitheroe)

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07 January 1916

BARNOLDSWICK - A CANADIAN MILITARY WEDDING

The following report (from a Canadian paper) of the marriage of a former Barnoldswick resident will no doubt be of interest:-

"A very pretty wedding took place on Monday afternoon (November 29th) at St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay, Victoria, B.C., when Gunner Maurice Chester Atkinson, 5th C.G.A. Overseas Draft, only son of Mr. E. Atkinson, and the late Mrs. E. Atkinson, of 1635 Chandler Avenue, Victoria, was united in marriage to Jean Mary, only daughter of Sapper A. Cheetham, 6th C.E. and Mrs. A. Cheetham of 118 Wildwood Avenue, Victoria. The bride was attired in a military suit of Belgian blue, with picture hat of black velvet, trimmed with white plume, and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids were Miss Elsa Jones, Miss Nora Atkinson, and Miss Millicent Cook. Driver A. Greenaway, 5th C.G.A. Overseas Draft, acted as best man. Among the many presents received were a silver cake basket from the Guild of St. Agnes and a silver toast rack from the Women's Guild of St. Matthias' Church, Fone Bay. The bridegroom expects to leave shortly for the Front."

Gunner Atkinson, who has since arrived in England, is a grandson of Mr. William Atkinson, tailor and outfitter, Church Street.

03 August 1917

ATKINSON - Killed in action in France, July 16th 1917, Signaller Maurice Chester Atkinson, Canadian Artillery, son of Mr. Edward Atkinson, formerly of Church Street, Barnoldswick, aged 24 years.

03 August 1917

BARNOLDSWICK CANADIAN KILLED

Many of our Barnoldswick readers will learn with regret of the death of Signaller Maurice Chester Atkinson of the Canadian Artillery, who was killed in action in France on July 16th. The deceased, who was 24 years of age, was a native of Barnoldswick, being the son of Mr. Edgar Atkinson, formerly of Church Street, Barnoldswick, and a grandson of Mr. W.P. Atkinson. Seven years ago the family went out to British Columbia. Signaller Atkinson joined the 5th Canadian Regiment, and sailed for England in December 1915. A further spell of training followed in this country, and it was not until September of last year that he landed in France, where he passed unscathed through some of the fiercest battles, including the capture of Vimy Ridge. He leaves a young wife, to whom he was married but ten days before leaving Canada. During his stay in England, Signaller Atkinson paid two visits to his relatives in Barnoldswick, and renewed many of his former acquaintances.

He formerly attended the Nelson Technical School, and possessed considerable intellectual attainments. Prior to going to Canada, where he was engaged in electrical engineering, he developed a marked musical talent, and was successful in passing the Trinity College Examination with honours.

Mr. Alban Atkinson, uncle of the deceased, has received the following letter from Major Blue, of the Canadian Field Artillery:- "Your enquiry with reference to Gunner M. C. Atkinson arrived today. I regret to have to say that he was killed in action on July 16th. His work while with the battery was most excellent, and he was one of the finest signallers we had. We all miss him, as his cheerfulness even under the most trying circumstances was wonderful. Permit me to offer you the sincere sympathy of the Battery in your bereavement. He was killed instantly by a shell which burst near him, and was buried with the rites of his Church and a cross erected over his grave."

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07 January 1916

A CANADIAN MILITARY WEDDING

The following report (from a Canadian paper) of the marriage of a former Barnoldswick resident will no doubt be of interest:- "A very pretty wedding took place on Monday afternoon (November 29th) at St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay, Victoria, B.C., when Gunner Maurice Chester Atkinson, 5th C.G.A. Overseas Draft, only son of Mr. E. Atkinson, and the late Mrs. E. Atkinson, of 1635 Chandler Avenue, Victoria, was united in marriage to Jean Mary, only daughter of Sapper A. Cheetham, 6th C.E. and Mrs. A. Cheetham of 118 Wildwood Avenue, Victoria. The bride was attired in a military suit of Belgian blue, with picture hat of black velvet, trimmed with white plume, and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids were Miss Elsa Jones, Miss Nora Atkinson, and Miss Millicent Cook. Driver A. Greenaway, 5th C.G.A. Overseas Draft, acted as best man. Among the many presents received were a silver cake basket from the Guild of St. Agnes and a silver toast rack from the Women's Guild of St. Matthew's Church, Foul Bay. The bridegroom expects to leave shortly for the Front."

Gunner Atkinson, who has since arrived in England, is a grandson of Mr. William Atkinson, tailor and outfitter, Church Street.

03 August 1917

ATKINSON - Killed in action June 16th, 1917 Signaller Maurice Chester Atkinson, of the Canadian Artillery, son of Mr. Edgar Atkinson, formerly of Church Street, Barnoldswick, aged 24 years.

03 August 1917

BARNOLDSWICK CANADIAN KILLED

Many of our Barnoldswick readers will learn with regret of the death of Signaller Maurice Chester Atkinson, of the Canadian Artillery, who was killed in action in France on June 16th. The deceased, who was 24 years of age, was a native of Barnoldswick, being the son of Mr. Edgar Atkinson, formerly of Church Street, Barnoldswick, and a grandson of Mr. W.P. Atkinson. Seven years ago the family went out to British Colombia. Signaller Atkinson joined the 5th Canadian Regiment and sailed for England in December 1915. A further spell of training followed in this country, and it was not until September of last year that he landed in France, where he passed unscathed through some of the fiercest battles, including the capture of Vimy Ridge. He leaves a young wife, to whom he was married but ten days before leaving Canada. During his stay in England Signaller Atkinson paid two visits to his relatives in Barnoldswick, and renewed many of his former acquaintances. He formerly attended the Nelson Technical School, and possessed considerable intellectual attainments. Prior to going to Canada, where he was engaged in electrical engineering, he developed a marked musical bent, and was successful in passing the Trinity College Examination with honours.

Mr. Alban Atkinson, uncle of the deceased, has received the following letter from Major Blue, of the Canadian Field Artillery:-

"Your enquiry with regard to Signaller M.C. Atkinson arrived today. I regret to have to any that he was killed in action on June 16th. His work while with the battery was most excellent, and he was one of the finest signallers we had. We all miss him, as his cheerfulness even under the most trying circumstances was wonderful. Permit me to offer you the sincere sympathy of the Battery in your bereavement. He was killed instantly by a shell which burst near him, and was buried with the rites of his church and a cross erected over his grave.

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