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Full Name: James Hattersley Atkinson
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): James Hattersley
Surname: Atkinson
War: South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.: 2574
First Known Rank: Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment: Contractor
Next of Kin: Mrs Atkinson (mother), Sheffield, Canterbury, New Zealand
Enlistment Address: Sheffield, Canterbury, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: 5th Contingent
Embarkation Unit: 14 Company, C Squadron, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date: 31 March 1900
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Maori
Destination: Beira, Portuguese East Africa
Last Unit Served: 5th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Paardeberg, Orange Free State, South Africa
Date of Death: 29 April 1901
Year of Death: 1901
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Leeuwfontein Farm (about 5 miles south of drift), Paardeberg, Orange Free State, South Africa
Memorial Name:
  • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902
Biographical Notes: Atkinson was buried near Paardeburg, O.R.C., under trees in garden of Leeuwfontein Farm, about 5 miles south of drift.
Description of Image:
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, commemoration panel (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Name panel: Armstrong, W.D. - Bottom, O. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Dedication panel. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
Further References:
  • New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War
  • Perham, Frank. 'The Kimberley Flying Column : being reminiscences of service in the South African War of 1899-1903', Printers and Publishers, Timaru, 1959. (DT 932 Per)
  • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer: the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
  • Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, 1900. H - 6A, p. 9.
Sources Used: Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war. (6th ed.) Hamilton, N.Z.: The Author.
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