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Atkinson, Noel Mitford Henson

Younger son of Dr. T. R. Atkinson. He was educated at Chigwell School, and obtained his colours for cricket and football; he won many swimming prizes, and was a colour-sergeant in the school of O.T.C.

He passed the London Matriculation, and entered Guy's. After a year at the Hospital he decided on a business career and obtained a clerkship in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank.

On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the U.P.S. Battalion Royal Fusiliers, where he was soon after joined by his older brother who came over from British Columbia to enlist.

In November, 1915, they were sent out to France, and spent the winter in the trenches. He became a sergeant. Early in 1916 they were sent home for commissions, were at Balliol College. Oxford, and finally posted to the East Lancs. Regt. The elder, Guy, was sent to France again in October 1916, was wounded at the battle of the Anere, and died of gas gangrene.

On October 30th. The younger, Noel, had become attached to the R.F.C., and whilst training, having passed his examinations for a pilot, was accidentally killed at the aerodrome near Cirencester on Dec.27th, 1916. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)Noel Mitford Henson
Date of birth1891
Place of birthSherborne, Dorset
Family detailsSon of Thomas Ruell Atkinson, M.D., and Emma Elizabeth Atkinson, of 16, Markwick Terrace, St. Leonard's-on-Sea. Brother’s full name was Guy Cheselden Ruell Atkinson
Previous educationChigwell School
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dept / courseDental Student
Military unitRoyal Flying Corps, East Lancashire Regiment
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death27 December 1916
Age at death25
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Place of deathAerodrome near Cirencester
Cause of deathAccidentally killed at the aerodrome
Burial placeBristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery

A  report of Noel Mitford Henson Atkinson’s death published in the Western Daily Press can be found on the Clifton Rugby Football Club History website at 

SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London O.T.C. 1914-1918

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