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James Victor ATKINSON

Regimental number182
Date of birth--/11/1869
Place of birthCoorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland
SchoolBrisbane Boys Grammar School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCavendish Road, Coorparoo, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinHenry Wallace Atkinson, Cavendish Road, Coorparoo, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name9th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 49th Battalion
Promotion date: 5 April 1916


Unit: 49th Battalion
Promotion date: 14 November 1916


Unit: 49th Battalion
Promotion date: 26 July 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: Unspecified

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularReceived two diplomas stating that he had been made a Lieut and Captain for the duration of the war, also card of congratulation from Maj Gen Cox for courage and example during the period his Battalion was in front line and trenches at Pozieres 1916.
FateKilled in Action 5 April 1918
Place of death or woundingDernancourt, France
Age at death23.4
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialDernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Albert Road Memorial), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry Wallace and Martha Jane ATKINSON, Fitzroy Chambers, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: Lt Reginald Herbert VERRY, 49th Bn, killed in action, 5 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Reverted to rank of Corporal at own request, at sea, 1 November 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 3 July 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Gascon', 30 July 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to 2nd General Hospital, Ghezireh, 2 August 1915; to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 21 August 1915; to Base Details, 25 August 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 5 December 1915 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 25 December 1915.

Taken on strength, 3rd Training Bn, Zeitoun, 18 February 1916.

Promoted Regimental Sergeant Major, 1 March 1916.

Transferred to 49th Bn, 8 March 1916.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 22 June 1916; rejoined Bn, 29 June 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 14 November 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, No 1 Training Camp, Etaples, 30 November 1916; rejoined Bn, 25 February 1917.

On leave to England, 11 May 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 22 May 1917.

Promoted Captain, 26 July 1917.

Detached to 13th Training Bn, England, 21 August 1917; marched in to 13th Training Bn, Codford, 27 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 March 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 March 1918.

Killed in action, 5 April 1918.

When, after the war, graves from the Albert Road Cemetery were concentrated in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, no remains were found in the grave of either Atkinson or 2645 Pte E. REIMAN, 49th Bn. The two memorial crosses originally installed were removed and replaced by a large memorial cross in the Dernancourt Cemetery, with the inscription: 'To the memory of this Dominion Officer and man killed in action April 1918 and buried at the time in Albert Road Cemetery, which was partially destroyed by the enemy, August, 1918. Their glory shall not be blotted out.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINSON James Victor

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