Samuel Arnold Atkinson
Son of the late Sir Harry Albert Atkinson, K.C.M.G. (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1876-77, 1883-84, 1887-91), and Annie Atkinson; husband of Mary H. Atkinson, of Upland Rd., Kelburn, Wellington.
"Temporary Captain Samuel Arnold Atkinson, who obtained his B.A.. at Canterbury College and later finished his LL.B. course at Victoria College, was one of the original officers of the V.U.C. Offices Training Corps. He enlisted in the N.Z.E.F. on 10th January. 1916, as a lieutenant, and left New Zealand on 26th June, 1916. joining up in France with the 2nd Battalion N.Z. Rifle Brigade. He was later appointed temporary captain and was commanding a company at the time he was killed in a raid in front of Messines on 5th. June, 1917, in a gallant attempt to save a fallen comrade. He was buried at Ration Farm, near Messines, on the following day. In him New Zealand lost one of her clearest and most imperial thinkers, and his work in connection with "The Round Table" is a monument to his memory." [The Spike: or, Victoria College Review War Memorial Number, Eric Kendall Rishworth (editor), Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association, 1920, Wellington]
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