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Remembering Herbert and William Atkins, KIA 26.05.15

Pat Atkins

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In memory of two brothers, killed in different theatres of war on this day, 26th May, 1915. I always give them a thought on this day, and a thought for their widowed father, their older sister Alice, and their two other brothers, John (already a PoW by then) and Percy (who entered theatre in France aged 17 the next month). And then a thought for all the brothers, sisters and parents - of whatever nation - who lost family members.


14311 L/Cpl Herbert E. K. Atkins, 2nd Royal Fusiliers, aged 23. Enlisted in 1911 and served in India. Landed at Gallipoli on 25th April at X Beach and survived a month of fighting. Sniped while negotiating a flooded trench. No known grave.


1311 L/Sgt William F. Atkins, D Company, 1/23rd Londons, aged 20. Joined his local Territorial battalion in early 1912. Killed in the German front line at Givenchy in his division's first major attack. No known grave.



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Horrendous too lose 2 sons, on the same day, then made even worse by them both having no known grave.  





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