Alfred Atkinson VC.

Alfred Atkinson (06/02/1874 – 21/02/1900) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Boer War for his actions at the Battle of Paardeberg.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27462, Page: 5086, reads:

“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.”

He was reported buried in an unmarked grave at Gruisbank British Cemetery at Paardeberg and is remembered on the Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) Memorial, however this was originally located on a farm in the area and was moved by the War Graves Board in 1968 as the farmer didn’t want it on his farm.

Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own

Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) Regimental Memorial

Inscription

Inscription

The Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) Regimental Memorial

The Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) Regimental Memorial

© DRW 2015 – 2018. Created 29/09/2015. Edited 17/05/2017. Image courtesy of Terry Cawood.

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