Atkinson, John Edward Acheson

John Edward Acheson Atkinson was born on 6th March 1909, the elder son of Brigadier General Ben Atkinson, C.B., C.M.G., Officier de L’Ordre de Leopold, R.A., of Nistley Hall, Manningtree, Essex and the elder brother of Ben Atkinson (D 1928-1933).  He entered Culver House (now Fearon’s) under Reverend F P David from Horris Hill in 1922 and left in 1927 for the Royal Military College.  He was a good cricketer and a member of a very strong Lords XI in 1927.   As a junior he performed a remarkable feat in the Melhuish Cup, when he made 128 and took all ten wickets on the same afternoon.  At Sandhurst he was a Cadet Scholar and a Prize Cadet, played in RMC Cricket XI 1928, and was Under Officer.

He joined the Rifle Brigade in 1928 and served in India from 1928 to 1932 when the Regiment moved to Khartoum.  Atkinson had been promoted Lieutenant in January of that year.   In 1934 1 Rifle Brigade returned to England and from 1935 to 1936 he was an Instructor of Musketry at Gosport.   From 1937 he was in the Sudan with the Sudan Defence Force, and it was whilst commanding a Company of this Force that he died at Wau, near Khartoum on 28th December 1940.

He is buried in the Khartoum War Cemetery, in grave 10.B.10.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Atkinson
  • Forenames or initials: John Edward Acheson
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1922-1927
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 6th March 1906
  • Date of Death: 28th December 1940
  • How Died: Died on active service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Khartoum War Cemetery: Grave 10.B.10