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James William Atkinson

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Home: Old Bewick
Date of death: 1 July 1916
Age at death: 34 years
Fate: Killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
Rank: Private
Service No: 23/824
Unit/Regiment: 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
Buried: Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France (Cemetery/memorial reference: Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B). James is also commemorated on the Eglingham War Memorial, UK and on the Wooler War Memorial, Northumberland UK (Note 2).
Other: Son of Sarah Ann Atkinson and husband of Mary Jane (née Taylor).

CWGC Casualty Details

Private James William Atkinson WWI portrait

Private James William Atkinson

[Image source: The Coldstream & District Local History Society. Used with permission.]

CEM21 Thiepval Memorial, France CWGC image

Thiepval Memorial, France (image courtesy of CWGC)

Northumberland Fusiliers regimental badge

(Image credit: By kind permission of The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland.)


  1. We are grateful to Judy Beaumont of Billingham, Tees Valley for her extensive research in confirming James’ association with the Breamish Valley and gathering information on his Christening date, birth date, close family members, etc.
  2. James is believed to be commemorated on the Wooler War Memorial, Northumberland UK (See The Coldstream & District Local History Society: Wooler War Memorial). However, the listing on the memorial reads as ‘AITCHISON J. (N. F.)’ [The ‘N. F.’ presumably referring to his regiment, the Northumberland Fusiliers]. Research by Judy Beaumont of Billingham, Tees Valley, points to the plausibility that ‘AITCHISON J.’ is the same individual as ‘James William Atkinson’. She notes that there was a family name change from ‘Atchison’ to ‘Atkinson’. The name change appears to have occurred between the birth of James’ daughter (Margaret ATCHISON) in Quarter 3 of 1909 and the birth of his son (George Taylor ATKINSON) in Quarter 2 of 1911.
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