Robert Anson Atkins

Regimental number: 
Unit at enlistment: 
4th Battalion
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Survived the war: 
Date of death: 
November 10th, 1918
St. Pol British Cemetery - Pas de Calais, France - I.D.6.
Commemorated at: 
Colborne Street Methodist Church
Birth country: 
Birth county: 
Birth city: 
Brantford, Ontario
Address at enlistment: 
101 Victoria Street, Brantford, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
26 Mary Street, Brantford, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Commercial Traveller
Barber-Ellis Co.
Religious denominations: 
Marital status: 
Age at enlistment: 

Letters and documents

Circumstances of Casualty: Died (Influenza and bronchitis) at No. 12 Stationary Hospital, St. Pol.

November 9, 1918

Corporal Robert Anson Atkins Dangerously Ill

Mrs. J. Clancy, 26 Mary Street, has received official notice from Ottawa that her son, Corporal Robert Anson Atkins of the 4th Battalion, is at the 12th Stationary Hospital St. Pol, France, dangerously ill with influenza.

BX November 20, 1918

Corporal Robert Anson Reported Dead

The sad intelligence was received in the city this morning of the death of Corporal Robert Anson Atkins at the 12th Stationary Hospital, St. Pal, France from influenza. Anson, as he was generally known, was the youngest son of the late John S. Atkins, and received his early education at the public schools and collegiate institute here, later entering the employ of the Barber-Ellis Company as traveller, with which firm he remained until his departure for overseas with the first contingent. He served continuously with the 4th Battalion for four years, being five times wounded.

One of the city’s brightest boys, he will be widely mourned. He leaves a sorrowing mother, Mrs. J. Clancy, 26 Mary Street, three brothers, George and James Atkins of this city; Thomas of Hamilton, and two sisters, Mrs. William Freeman, Vancouver, and Mrs. Clayton Vansickle, this city. 

BX May 20, 1915

Private Robert Anson Atkins Reported Wounded

Private R. Atkins Reported wounded, resided at 101 Victoria Street. By vocation he was a commercial traveler and served for many years with the Dufferin Rifles. He is a single man.

BX October 4, 1916

Private Robert Anson Atkins Thrice Wounded – Was Member of First Contingent to Go From Brantford to 4th Batt.

Mrs. J. Clancy, 101 Victoria Street, received word this afternoon that her son, Signaller R. Anson Atkins of the 4th Battalion signal section had been wounded for the third time. The wounds, according to official word from Ottawa, consist of a compound fracture of the hand and arm, and wounds on the face. 

Signaller Atkins was a traveller for the Barber-Ellis Company before leaving with the First Contingent, and twice he had been wounded previously, each time recovering and going back to his duty in the trenches. He was a single man and resided with his mother.

BX April 27, 1917

Corporal Robert Anson Atkins Wounded for the Fourth Time

For the fourth time Corporal Robert Anson Atkins of the city is reported wounded. Corp. Atkins went overseas with the first draft from Brantford in the first contingent and has seen a lot of service since. The word received by his mother. Mrs. J. Clancy, 101 Victoria Street, said that he was suffering from shrapnel wounds in the hand and had been admitted to the No. 1 Convalescent depot at Boulogne. Before enlisting he was a traveller with the Barber-Ellis Co.

BX September 4, 1917

Corporal Robert Anson Atkins Wounded for the Fifth Time

Wounded for the fifth time is the word received in the city by Mrs. J. Clancy, late of 101 Victoria Street and now of 77 Mary Street in regard to her son, Corporal Robert Anson Atkins. He was at the front with the Fourth Battalion, having gone overseas with the first contingent. He has been admitted to the first Western General Hospital at Liverpool, suffering from gas and shell wounds. He was a traveller for the Barber-Ellis Company before he enlisted. This is the fifth time he has been wounded, and his second time in “Blighty.”