From Hoole History and Heritage Society


Regiment: Hawke Bn Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Rank: Able Seaman

Number: R/4259

Died: 21 March 1918

Aged: 23

Buried/ Memorial: Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Address: West Street, Hoole

Chester Chronicle 6 April 1918


Many Cestrians will regret to learn of the death from wounds in action of William (“Billy”) Atkinson, Royal Naval Division, late of West Street, Hoole. He died in a Casualty Clearing Station in France, on March 21st. The deceased was well known as a local football player of great promise, and was one of the stalwarts of the Sealand Football Club. Before joining this club he had helped Chester Reserves occasionally, and was a popular member of the All Saint’s Club. He was about 24 and was on the staff of Messrs. John Summers and Sons Ltd., Hawarden Bridge Steel Works, Shotton. His loss will be keenly felt by a wide circle of friends, and their sympathy goes out to his widowed mother.

The 1911 Census shows William as a 17-year-old clerk at a corrugated iron works living at 18 West Street with father Samuel and mother Lucy.