James Edward Owen Atkins


Oct 27, 1886

Born in Brighton, Sussex, England to Albert Edward Owen and Lydia Mary Finch (nee Reade) Atkins


Jun 30, 1910

Embarked the RMS Tunisian in Liverpool with an aunt and uncle, Fred and Edith Bourne


Jul 8, 1910

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Carleton Place, Ontario




Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59027 (temporary number 382)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Lydia Atkins, mother, 28 Montpelier St., Brighton, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Decorator

o       He had been a member of the Renfrew Citizens Band

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Jan 1, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


Mar 8, 1915

Promoted to the provisional rank of Corporal




May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Jul 13, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt Rudge 59857, who had reverted in rank


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 27, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt W.J. Nesbitt 59743, who had been invalided to England




Jan 26, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an accidental burn to his leg caused by a flare gun


Jan 27, 1916

Transported via No. 20 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Bailleul for further treatment


Feb 17, 1916

Transported via No. 19 AT and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne.  His burn wound became ulcerous


Apr 4, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Military Hospital in Edmonton, Cornwall


Sep 22, 1916

Transferred to the CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jan 10, 1917

Discharged from hospital as a patient and placed On Command to the Woodcote Park hospital for duty


Jan 23, 1917

Classified PB (Permanent Base) meaning that he was no longer fit for service at the front


Mar 12, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 22, 1917

Reported for duty to the 6th Reserve Battalion from the Ante Gas Course


Jul 9, 1917

On Command to the Canadian Training School in Bexhill


Sep 17, 1917

Rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Oct 26, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Warrant Officer Class II and appointed to the position of CSM (Company Sergeant Major) with pay and allowances


Feb 28, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Apr 3, 1918

Married to Mary Jane Veacy in the St. Nicholas Church, Brighton.  One of the witnesses to the marriage was Cecil Adrian Giroux, a member of “C” Company, 21st Battalion


Sep 10, 1918

His next of kin was officially changed to read Mrs. Mary Jane Atkins, 19 Grove Rd., North Finchley, London, England


Jan 15, 1919

Reverted to his permanent rank of Sergeant as a result of no longer being employed as a CSM


Jan 16, 1919

On Command to the No. 1 Detachment of the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps) in London


Feb 16, 1919

Rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion from the CAPC


Aug 5, 1919

Medical Board in London determined that he was suffering from chronic gastritis and because of poor appetite, feels week most of the time and subject to occasional vomiting.  Recommended for return to Canada for discharge


Oct 25, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool with his wife


Nov 3, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario for duty with the CAPC


Dec 22, 1919

SOS the CAPC on being posted to the Casualty Company in Kingston, pending discharge


Dec 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 184037

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at PO Box 22, Kingston


Jun 1, 1921

The Canadian Census shows him living at 67 Main St., Portsmouth (now Kingston) Ontario with an occupation listed as Guard


May 6, 1960

Died in Kingston, Ontario

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