Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

Frederick Thomas Atkinson

Surname: Atkinson
Other names: Frederick Thomas
Other people in this story:
William Atkinson
Selina Atkinson
Locations in this story:
Crewkerne, Somerset
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Ladywell Cemetery, London
High Street, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Ypres, Flanders
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Frederick Thomas Atkinson was born in 1892 in Crewkerne, Somerset. He was the son of William Atkinson, a printer & stationer, and Selina Atkinson. "Tommy" attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1903 until August 1907. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, living at 42 High Street, Shaftesbury and working as a stockbroker's clerk. When the war broke out he was working with a firm of solicitors in London.

He enlisted as a Rifleman in the Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade (Service No. Z/2711). In the June 1915 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine it was reported that he had been "severely wounded in the fighting around Ypres. He was brought to England and it was found necessary to amputate his left leg." He died on 3rd July 1915 and was buried at Ladywell Cemetery in London. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall D 3196). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the war memorial at Shaftesbury School.

A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which Tommy served and the date and term in which he left school. His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Tommy's name, indicating that he had died. He was the first Old Shastonian to die in the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Source:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1915
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915 

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 1
  • List of Old Shastonians 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 2
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian