It was noted in an article in the Express & Star on 25 August 1917 that a Wolverhampton Officer had been mentioned in despatches. This was Lieutenant and Quartermaster H. A. Atkins, of the “D” Squadron Staffordshire Yeomanry.
Henry Albert Atkins was born in Eton in 1871. The article notes that he had served for 23 years in the 19th (Q.A.O. Royal) Hussars, in India and South Africa. He received both the Queen’s and King’s Medals, as well as the medal for long service and good conduct. He had retired from being sergeant-major in the Staffordshire Yeomanry and become commissionaire to the local paint company, Mander Brothers.
Atkins survived the war, and died in Wolverhampton in 1942