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Atkins, Eric

Date of death:
December 20th, 1947
Buried on:
Hanover Commonwealth War Cemetery
Plot: 13. Row: D. Grave: 10.
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


17th July 1943: Second Lieutenant

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Falaise Section (14th L of C Area), Headquarters Line of Communication, 21st Army Group, British Army
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1945
"Lieutenant ATKINS has been an I.O.O. attached to this HQ since 6 September 1944 for battlefield clearance duties. He has closely supervised the collection or destruction of about 1000 tons of abandoned arms and explosives, much of it chaotically mixed up with other equipment, and often half buried in mud. To date this work has resulted in four accidents involving the deaths of four personnel, twelve injuries, not one of which has occurred in parties working under Lieutenant ATKIN's supervision. have been profoundly impressed by this officer's steady courage, strong common sense and unremitting attention to his dangerous and abnormal duties. His bearing and example have been largely instrumental in ensuring that work has proceeded quite undeterred by accidents.

Strongly recommended for an award."
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)