She wrote: A bit of local history i researched and found today about my Grandad from York street, Rossington.

Had a fascinating afternoon doing a bit of family research.  Mum gave me a jar of buttons and in it was an old badge/brooch, it turned out it;s a war badge from the First World War. Well, after giving it a bit of a clean there is a number on the back, so researched this and it was awarded to my Grandad, John Edward Atkinson, who lived in York Street, Rossington. in 1919. Following on i researched some more and found the following:

ATKINSON, J.E. PRIVATE, 1st West Yorkshire regiment. He volunteered in August 1914, saw service in various sectors of France and Flanders. He took part in heavy fighting in the Ypres salient, and was wounded in the Battle of the Somme and invalided home to hospital.

Rejoining his unit in the field on his recovery, he was in action in many engagements and was badly gassed.

He was sent to England for medical treatment and subsequently discharged as medically unfit for service in March 1918.

He holds the 1914-15 Star. the General Service Medal and Victory medals.

I was so surprised at all this.  I  knew he was in the Army, but Grandad’s generation never spoke of it.  He only said he had seen things no human should ever see.

I feel so proud of him, and so pleased to see this. I’m sat here with a tear in my eye, thanking him for what he did for our country, God Bless you Grandad xxxx


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