Rank: Private
Number: 2930
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 July 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Gorre British & Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

It is has not been possible to establish Private Atkin’s first name but his father lived at 102 Newbridge Lane, Stockport and the brother of Alfred Atkin, also commemorated on the Stockport Memorial.Before enlisting in the army, in December 1914, he worked at McClure’s mill at Travis Brow.

On 13 July 1916, the Battalion was making its way forward from billets at Gorre, prior to going into the front line to relieve another battalion, in the area of Givenchy. The scheduling of reliefs, on both sides, tended to be known to the enemy and it was a favourite time for artillery shelling of the positions. It seems that there was no exception this day and five members of the Battalion were killed.

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