WARREN COURT (an area behind the now Victoria Centre)
THE GREAT WAR
Date of Death:
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Panel 26 and 27.
LE TOURET MEMORIAL
He was the son of James and Elizabeth Atkin and the brother of George Atkin (who also served in World War One) Flore, Nelly, Becky and Edith Atkin. In 1911 they lived at 5 Warren Court, Old Street St Ann’s Nottingham.
William was a factory lace hand according to his enlistment papers (6 January 1914)
3709 Private William Atkin enlisted as a special reservist on 6 January 1914, into the 3rd reserve battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nott's and Derby Regiment) He was listed as aged 18 years and 256 days of age and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was mobilized on the outbreak of war and on 11 December 1914 joined the 1st battalion in France. William was admitted to 24 Field Ambulance on 18 January 1915 with 'sore feet' which was either trench foot or mild frostbite. He was discharged on 22 January and returned to the battalion. The Battle of Neuve Chapelle began on 10 March 1915 and the battalion made good progress on the first day. On 11th at 10 am,. C company advanced North East through the orchard on the left of the line and occupied some broken down houses. The battalion was then shelled all day and at 4 pm,. 'D' company charged the enemy's breastworks but suffered heavy losses from machine gun fire and abandoned the attack. At 4.30 pm,. a draft of 25 new men joined the battalion. At some point William was killed and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour
WILSON, Edwin Harry John
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He was the son of Harry and Sarah Ann Wilson and the brother of Ann Harriet Wilson of 6 Warren Court Old Street St Ann's Nottingham.
Date of death
02 May 1917
Age at death
Commonwealth Grave No
2750641 - CWGC Website