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Sir Edwin Henry de Vere Atkinson
by Vandykbromide print, before 1936NPG x129
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27 October 2017, 23:09
I am researching my grandfather, Capt John Alexander Davidson, M.C. who was in the 350th Electrical &Mechanical Company, Royal Engineers in WW1. This company was attached to the First Army and the CRE First Army was Edwin Henry de Vere Atkinson. The editor of the Great War forum, Chris Baker, wrote on the forum that Atkinson seems quite an interesting figure: an academic regular engineer (fairly common at the time) who was happily running a technical college in India when the war started; commander of engineers in a TF division, then I Corps, then First Army. Finished his career with a knighthood and a series of senior staff roles in India.
Horne respected him and seemed to support him."
Do you have any information on his WW1 career such as a diary?
I am visiting the Royal Engineers library at Chatham on 1 Nov.
25 September 2016, 11:35
Hi Charlie, I am researching your Great Granfathers awards and wondered if you have any further information to help me please?
26 July 2016, 15:08
Sir Edwin is my great grandfather. We have his family history and lots of pictures. His portrait also hangs in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee as he was Director there when it was the Thomason College of Civil Engineering, the first college to educate both Indians and Europeans. You probably have all of this information, but if you want more, please get in touch.
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