Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1

Frederick Thomas Atkinson

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

Frederick Thomas Atkinson was born in 1892 in Crewkerne, Somerset. He was the son of William Joseph Atkinson, a printer & stationer, and Selina Atkinson (née Lowman). His father died on 12th July, 1903 and probate was granted to his widow, Selina, on 27th November,1903. "Tommy" attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1903 until August 1907. On 26th March 1911, just short of the 1911 Census, Frederick's mother also died. At the time of the Census he was single, living at 42 High Street, Shaftesbury, with his sister Agnes Bailey, herself a widow at 28 years of age, along with four other brothers, two sisters and two nephews. He was 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 Private on 9th September, 1914, in the East Surrey Regiment and was posted abroad on 9th October, 1914. He soon transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) as a Rifleman (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 repatriated to England and it was found necessary to amputate his left leg." He was reported to have died of wounds on 3rd July 1915 and was buried at Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall D 3196). His older brother Joseph was given as next-of-kin. 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 

  • 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