A 7th Battalion Casualty at Mount Sorrel
A 7th Battalion Casualty at Mount Sorrel - 1914-15 Star (16742 Pte G.M. ATKINSON. 7/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (16742 PTE. G.M. ATKINSON. 7-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (16742 PTE. G.M. ATKINSON. 7-CAN.INF.) Naming is officially impressed. Court mounted, very crisp detail, cleaned, extremely fine. Memorial Cross (16742 Pte. G.A. ATKINSON), officially engraved, very crisp detail, without ribbon, near extremely fine, in case of issue, case better than fine. Memorial Plaque (GEORGE MILNE ATKINSON), extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Death Information. Footnote: George Milne Atkinson was born July 16, 1880 in Manchester, England, the son of John Milne and Lucy E. Atkinson, of The Bridge, Matlock, Derbyshire, England. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 23, 1914 with the 7th Infantry Battalion "1st British Columbia Regiment", in Valcartier, Quebec, stating that he had five and half years previous military service with the Calcutta Light Horse, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Rancher. His medical examination noted that he had a scar on his left forehead. The Battalion was raised in British Columbia and mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914, sailing on October 3, 1914 with a strength of 47 officers and 1,176 other ranks, including Atkinson, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W. Hart-McHarg. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division. Atkinson arrived in the field in France in February 1915 and was listed on the muster roll on July 31, 1915. He was documented as having been "Previously reported Missing, now reported Killed in Action", during the Battle of Mont Sorrel on June 3, 1916, at the age of 35. The official report stated "This soldier was instantly killed by machine gun fire, during the assault on Mount Sorrel trenches.", the unit itself located at Maple Copse Sector. He is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Panel 18-28-30. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. His mother received his WWI trio, Memorial Cross and Plaque.