Alfred Atkinson

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Alfred Atkinson
VC
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Atkinson as depicted on a cigarette card
Born (1874-02-06)6 February 1874
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Died 21 February 1900(1900-02-21) (aged 26)
Paardeberg, Transvaal 
Buried at Gruisbank British Cemetery, Paardeberg
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross

Alfred Atkinson VC (6 February 1874 – 21 February 1900) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Alfred was born in Armley in Leeds and was the son of James Harland Atkinson (born ~1830 at Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire) and Margaret Mansfield (born ~1833 at Leeds, Yorkshire) [1] who were married in Leeds on 4 June 1855. James Harland Atkinson was a Shoeing Smith in the Royal Artillery.[2]

He was 26 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own), British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 18 February 1900 during the Battle of Paardeberg, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC:

No. 3264 Sergeant A. Atkinson, Yorkshire Regiment.

During the battle of Paardeburg, 18th February, 1900, Sergeant A. Atkinson, 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, went out seven-times, under heavy and close fire, to obtain water for the wounded. At the seventh attempt he was wounded in the head, and died a few days afterwards.[3]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Green Howards Museum, Richmond, Yorkshire, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1881 England census
  2. ^ James Harland Atkinson marriage certificate
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27462. p. 5086. 8 August 1902. Retrieved 26 October 2009.

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