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Kenneth Croydon Atkins was born in Cannock in 1881. In 1908 he married Louisa Alice Beck in Wolverhampton, and the couple went on to have two children – Kathleen C. (1914) and Jack C. (1915).

Express & Star 6 Oct 1918

Express & Star 6 Oct 1918

Having been a Volunteer and served in the Boer War (when he was taken prisoner), he became a private in the South Staffordshire Regiment when war broke out. He became Second Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He was reported as missing, and it was later confirmed that he was killed on 30 May 1918. An article about him appeared in the Express & Star on 6 October 1918. His address was given as 12 Burleigh Road, in Wolverhampton.

Before the war, he had been actively interested in Volunteer work and was Adjutant of the Wolverhampton Volunteer Defence Force. He was also involved with the Church Lad’s Brigade, being captian of the St Chad’s company. Writing to his family, Atkins’s company officer described “the high esteem in which he was held by fellow officers and men, and the efficient manner in which he performed his duties.” He is commemorated on Soissons Memorial in France.