Born: 1886, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk.

Died: 2nd April 1917; age 31; died of Generalised Tuberculosis and Toxaemia, at the 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

Informant: J.E. Dickerson, of the 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Engineer’s Clerk for Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 265455

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd/6th Battalion, Signal Section.

Formerly 2475, Suffolk Cyclist.


Funeral held at 3 p.m., Saturday, 7th April 1917.


Grave Reference:

North of the main path,

All Saints Churchyard Extension,

Wetheringsett cum Brockford,



Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of William & Susanna Atkins, of The Red House, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk.




1891   Blacksmith Corner, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk.


William was 5 years old and living with his parents & brother.

William Atkins, 36, a Wheelwright & Blacksmith, born Westhorpe, Suffolk.

Susanna Atkins (nee Crowe), 35, born Wetheringsett cum Brockford.

Francis John Atkins, 8, born Wetheringsett cum Brockford.


1901   5, Priory Place, Friars Street, Ipswich.


William was 15 years old, an Engineer Clerk. He and his brother, Francis, were lodging at the boarding house of Phoebe & Elizabeth Curtis.


1911   5, Priory Place, Friars Street, Ipswich.

William was 25 years old, a Clerk to Agricultural Engineers. He and his brother, Francis, were lodging at the boarding house of Elizabeth Curtis.


Probate to William Atkins – father, a farmer.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Atkins – father.


William is also remembered on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works war memorial. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk, and at the village of Wetheringsett cum Brockford, and All Saint’s Church, Wetheringsett cum Brockford, Suffolk.


THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 2/6th (Cyclist) Battalion Territorial Force:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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