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Maj. Thomas Joyce Atkinson M.A., LL.B., T.C.D.
30 January 1878 in Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, United Kingdom [ s3222 ]
1 July 1916 in Killed in action Somme, France [ s3223 ]
in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France [ s3223 ]
Born 24 March 1845 - Died 22 April 1921
Born 20 November 1845 - Died 30 December 1935
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With the death of Thomas, this branch of the Atkinson family tree comes to an end.
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LL.B., T.C.D. is Bachelor in Laws, Trinity College Dublin.

Ireland Births and Baptisms
Name: Thomas Joyce Atkinson
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 30 Jan 1878
Birthplace: Ireland
Father's Name: Wolsey Atkinson
Mother's Name: Alice Joyce Atkinson
Registration District: Clogher
Volume Number: 3
Page Number: 130
Index Number: 282
[RFSS Dec 2013]

1901 Census record taken on Sunday, 31 March.
Residents of a house 1 in Bachelors Walk (Portadown Urban, Co. Armagh)
SurnameForenameAgeSexRelation to headReligion
1AtkinsonWolsey Richard56MaleHead of FamilyChurch of Ireland
2AtkinsonAlice55FemaleWifeChurch of Ireland
3AtkinsonThos. Joyce23MaleSonChurch of Ireland
4AtkinsonCharlotte E B20FemaleDaughterChurch of Ireland
5AtkinsonA M Isabel18FemaleDaughterChurch of Ireland
6AtkinsonGeorgiana E15FemaleDaughterChurch of Ireland
7AtkinsonJohn Buckby52MaleBrotherChurch of Ireland
8FordyceElizabeth Ann34FemaleServantChurch of Ireland
BirthplaceOccupationLiteracyMarital StatusSpecified Illnesses
1Co. ArmaghNo OccupationRead and writeMarried-
2Co. Armagh-Read and writeMarried-
3Co. TyroneBarrister at LawRead and writeNot Married-
4Co. Tyrone-Read and writeNot Married-
5Co. Tyrone-Read and writeNot Married-
6Co. TyroneScholarRead and writeNot Married-
7Co. ArmaghSolicitorRead and writeMarried-
8Co. DownHousemaidRead and writeNot Married-
9Co. FermanaghCookRead and writeNot Married-
[RFSS Dec 2013]

1911 Census record taken on Sunday, 2 April.
Residents of a house 333 in Bundoran, part of Drumacrin, Finner, Magheracar (Bundoran, Co. Donegal)
 SurnameForenameAgeSexRelation to headReligion
1HollandEsther58FemaleHead of FamilyChurch of Ireland
2HollandFrances67FemaleSisterChurch of Ireland
3HollandEliza60FemaleSisterChurch of Ireland
4HollandEmma54FemaleSister in LawChurch of Ireland
5HollandNorman23MaleNephewChurch of Scotland
6AtkinsonThomas33MaleVisitorChurch of Ireland
7AtkinsonIsabella27FemaleVisitorChurch of Ireland
8AtkinsonGeorgina25FemaleVisitorChurch of Ireland
9McWattersSabine27FemaleVisitorChurch of Ireland
10McWattersAlicia24FemaleVisitorChurch of Ireland
9McGuinnessCatherine25FemaleServantChurch of Ireland
 BirthplaceOccupationLiteracyMarital StatusYears MarriedChildren BornChildren Living
1Co. Monaghan-Read and writeSingle---
2Co. Monaghan-Read and writeSingle---
3Co. Monaghan-Read and writeSingle---
4Dublin-Read and writeMarried2411
5DublinSolicitor's ApprenticeRead and writeSingle---
6Co. TyroneSolicitorRead and writeSingle---
7Co. Tyrone-Read and writeSingle---
8Co. Tyrone-Read and writeSingle---
9Co. Monaghan-Read and writeSingle---
10Co. Mayo-Read and writeSingle---
11Co. DonegalDomestic ServantRead and writeSingle---
[RFSS Nov 2015]

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Casualty Details
Date of Death:1st July 1916
Regiment/Service:Royal Irish Fusiliers, "B" Company 9th Battalion.
Grave Reference:VIII. A. 5.
Cemetery:Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France;
Additional Information:Son of Wolsey Richard and Alice Atkinson. M.A., LL.B., T.C.D. A Solicitor.

For more details on the Ancre British Cemetery see Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson
Killed in Action 1 July 1916, at the Battle of the Somme

Maj. Thomas Joyce AtkinsonThomas Joyce Atkinson was a member of the well-known Atkinson family of Eden Villa, Bachelor's Walk in Edenderry. He was born in 1878 and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1898. He was a partner in the firm of Messrs Carleton, Atkinson and Sloan, Solicitors, Church Place, Portadown.

Thomas organised the signing of the Ulster Covenant in Seagoe Parish Church on Ulster Day 28 September 1912. He also played a prominent role in the Ulster Volunteer Force and was second in command to Major Stewart Blacker, commanding officer, of the Portadown Battalion, UVF.

On the outbreak of war he gained a commission in the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers rising to the rank of Major. He was Adjutant to Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart Blacker.

In the attack of the 36th (Ulster) Division on 1 July 1916 Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson was in command of 'B' Company, which was positioned on the right centre of the battalion advance.

Major Atkinson's company penetrated three Germans lines and a small body of men reached Beaucourt Station but were unable to hold the position due to a lack of support.

Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson was killed in action on 1 July and lies buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel.

Article by James. S. Kane in the Edenderry News, June 2006

Atkinson Memorial in Seagoe Parish Church, Portadown, Co. Armagh
Atkinson Memorial in Seagoe Parish Church, Portadown
The Chancel Rail and Steps are given To the Glory of God
and in memory of the beloved children of
Wolsey Richard Atkinson and Alice his wife,
Wolsey Arthur, 20 Dec. 1876 - 22 July 1899,
the result of an accident.
Charlotte Elizabeth Buckby, 11 May 1880 - 15 April 1906.
Thomas Joyce, 30 Jan. 1878, Temporary Major
9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, 36th (Ulster) Division,
killed in action
at the battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916.
[RFSS Nov 2015]

Title:MajorDate Of Death:1 July 1916
Forename:Thomas JoyceDate Of Grant:4 November 1916
Surname:AtkinsonEffects:£4,847 13s. 4d.
Alt Surname: Registry:Dublin
Full Abstract:
Probate of the Will & Codicil of Thomas Joyce Atkinson, late of Portadown, County Armagh, Major Royal Irish Fusiliers, killed in action in France 1 July 1916, granted at Dublin to Wolsey R. Atkinson and Andrew G. Sloan, Esquires.
According to The National Archives currency converter £4,847 13s. 4d
would have been worth £208,714.69 in 2005.
[RFSS Dec 2013]

Memorial to Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson 1878 - 1916
Memorial to Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson 1878 - 1916

Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh
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 Headstone of Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson 1878 - 1916
Headstone of
Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson 1878 - 1916

Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Royal Irish Fusiliers Badge
1ST JULY 1916 AGE 38
The headstone photograph comes from the Find A Grave website courtesy of Richard James Edgar
The location is Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.
Link to the Find A Grave site for Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson
[RFSS Dec 2013]
[ s3222 ] Birth Registration - Ireland Births and Baptisms - Birth of Thomas Joyce Atkinson to Wolsey and Alice Atkinson on 30 January 1878 in Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, United Kingdom - Volume Number: 3, Page Number: 130 - BR1878-30-01-TJA
[ s3223 ] Military Record - Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Casualty Details - Major Thomas Joyce Atkinson, Royal Irish Fusiliers, "B" Company 9th Battalion, son of Wolsey Richard and Alice Atkinson, died 1 July 1916 with interment in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. - MIL1916-01-07-TJA
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