Remembered on this day by The Western Front Association
206186 (38893)* Pte.Thomas Atkinson, ‘F’Battalion, 3rd Tank Bde, Heavy Branch Machine Gun Company
Thomas Atkinson was born in 1885 in Burnley.
He was a former weaver and publican; he was the landlord of the Sun Inn, Haggate, Burnley for over 12 months.
He was living in Barnoldswick, Lancashire at the time of his enlistment.
He was conscripted into service on June 13th 1916; initially into the Army Service Corps.
Private Atkinson served as a driver and gunner in the early tanks from the beginning of 1917.
He was killed by German shell fire near Ypres in the early hours of 7th July 1917.
He is buried at Gwalia Cemetery, Belgium.
*Note: Thomas served (and died) with the regimental number 38893. Upon the conversion of the Heavy Branch, Machine Gun Corps to the Tank Corps at the end of July 1917, his number was changed to 206186…even though he had been dead for just over a fortnight at the time of this transition.
7 July 1917 killed in action
Research by David O'Mara