A (Alfred) Cecil Atkins

Name

A (Alfred) Cecil Atkins

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/04/1917
19

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
26991
Somerset Light Infantry
6th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN
O. VIII. F. 8.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stanstead Abbotts Village Memorial
Memorial Plaque in St Andrew’s Church, Stanstead Abbotts
Hertford Grammar Memorial - now Richard Hale School, Hertford
Not on the Ware memorials

Pre War

Born on 17 May 1897 in Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire son of Sidney Herbert and Alice Mary (Sheldon) Atkins. He lived in High Street, Stanstead Abbotts in 1901 and 1911 and was educated at Hertford Grammar School.

His father was a chemist. Alfred attended Hertford Grammar School from 1907-1916, having previously attended Stanstead Abbotts Elementary School. He left school to enlist in the army.

Wartime Service

Joined Hertfordshire Regiment as Private No. 6720 April 23rd 1916. Transferred to 6th Battalion Prince Albert’s Regiment (Somerset Light Infantry) No 26991.

Sent to France 02/08/1916 as part of 14th Light Division. On April 9th 1917 (the Battle of Arras) at 05.30 the Battalion together with K.O.Y.L.I and Durham L.I. attacked enemy positions at Vimy Ridge France. Alfred wounded by shell splinters in hand and head. He was transferred to Base hospital at Rouen where he died 4 days later.

Additional Information

Brother Sidney, Arthur and Leonard also served and returned safely.

His mother transcribed all his letters home into a notebook which came to light in 1997 and many are now available on the internet. There is a commemorative plaque to Alfred in St Andrews Church Stanstead Abbotts.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry Collins, www.richardhale.herts.sch.uk, Jonty Wild