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ATKINS, WILLIAM VERNON

ATKINS, WILLIAM VERNON

RANK:  SERGEANT                 SERIAL NO:  2/433

UNIT:     N.Z. FIELD ARTILLERY (3rd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE)

BORN:    24/12/1892  -  NAPIER  -  NEW ZEALAND

DIED:    05/10/1916                  

PLACE:  IN THE FIELD, SOMME, FRANCE

SINGLE:                   RELIGION:   ANGLICAN

WIFE:    N/A                                                                                                                                                                                                     

PARENTS:   James Reed & Ellen ATKINS.

SIBLINGS:

NEXT OF KIN: J. R. ATKINS, (father), C/- LOAN CO., WAIPUKURAU

OCCUPATION: GROCER

EMPLOYER:  R. COOK, EMERSON ST., NAPIER.

LAST NZ ADDRESS:  C/- MRS. FREEMAN, FITZROY RD., NAPIER

HEIGHT:  5’ 7”                 WEIGHT:  159lb.        CHEST: 35 ”

COMP:   DARK       EYES:    GREY            HAIR:    BROWN

EDUCATION:  CITY CADET NAPIER GUARDS, (PRIOR TO ENLISTMENT)

GRAVE/MEMORIAL:  SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2 SOMME, FRANCE                                 

ENLISTED:  Place: NAPIER                        Date: 14/08/1914

MAIN BODY:                      

MILITARY RECORD:

14/10/1914.  EMBARKED FROM WELLINGTON FOR EGYPT ON HMNZT 7.

04/12/1914.  LANDED SUEZ, EGYPT.

26/02/1915.  7 DAYS CB FOR REFUSING TO OBEY AN ORDER & INSOLENCE TO AN NCO. ZEITOUN (CAIRO).

12/04/1915.  EMBARKED FOR DARDANELLES.

09/09/1915.  PROMOTED FROM GUNNER TO BOMBARDIER ON ANZAC.

08/10/1915.  APPOINTED A CORPORAL.

01/01/1916.  DISEMBARKED ALEXANDRIA FROM ANZAC.

27/02/1916.  APPOINTED TEMPORARY CORPORAL.

06/04/1916.  EMBARKED FROM EGYPT FOR FRANCE.

21/04/1916.  PROMOTED CORPORAL IN THE FIELD.

21/07/1916.  PROMOTED SERGEANT IN THE FIELD.

05/10/1916.  KILLED IN ACTION IN THE FIELD, FRANCE (SOMME).                                                                                          

AWARDED: BRITISH WAR MEDAL. VICTORY MEDAL. 1914-15 STAR.