ROY CAMPBELL ATKINSON, born 16JUN1896 to Richard ATKINSON (1856-1931) and the former Katherine KENNEDY (1862-1918) in Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, was the fourth of six children (3 boys, 3 girls) and was the youngest son.
He was my cousin three times removed. [C3R]
When The Great War (First World War) came about, Roy and his older brother, Burt (3rd born), both enlisted. (As this is spotlighting Roy, further information regarding Burt will be reserved for another feature.).
Very little information is known:
FEB1916: Roy signs his Attestation papers. The sandy-haired young man with brown eyes stood 5foot 6.5inches tall. He was a 19year-old farmer’s son, and not married. Roy was assigned to the 160th (Bruce) Battalion, C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force.).
16JUN1916: 20th birthday in training camp
OCT1916: Sailed to England
16JUN1917: 21st birthday in training camp in England
15FEB1918: Asborbed into 4th Reserve Battalion, CEF
16JUN1918: 22nd birthday (in France?)
01NOV1918: killed. Buried in Auberchicourt Branch Cemetery in France in Section 1, Plot A, Grave 1
Roy can be found on page 361 (Right side, 11 names from the bottom) of The First World War Book of Remembrance.
No other details found.
Oh, how sad that he was killed in the war. It’s wonderful of you to honor him with this post.