Bernard was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Herbert Llewellyn and Ethelred St Barbe Atkinson. In 1901, they were living at 263 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, together with Bernard’s siblings Muriel St Barbe, Emily E. and John St Barbe. Bernard attended Cranmore House School and Denstone College. His father died in 1907, so Bernard was at the same address in 1911 together with his widowed mother, brother Theodore St Barbe, and sisters Muriel St Barbe and Ursula St Barbe. Bernard was a solicitors’ articled clerk, working at Wilkinson & Co. in Walsall. He passed his lower final in 1914. He was a captian of Wolverhampton Rugby Club, as well as being a keen tennis player.
Bernard joined the Inns Court Officers’ Training Corps and was appointed adjutant to the School of Musketry at Berkhamstead, and was made a Captain in March 1916. From 25 February 1917, he served with the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, but was killed in action in France on 30 November 1917. His death was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 8 December 1917. The value of his effects was £677 6s. 11d. He is buried at Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, and is remembered in the Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church, as well as on the memorial at St Jude’s Church, Tettenhall.