|Landed in Normandy :
||Juno Beach, Courseulles sur Mer, D-Day +1, 7TH JUNE 1944
||Frank was born in County Durham in May, 1924 and was
called up into the army when he was eighteen years old. |
He became “14366076 Private Atkinson” and was sent to do
his initial training at Gosforth.
After eigth weeks basic training Frank was posted to the
Royal Engineers Driving School in Halifax where he
passed out as a driver and became Sapper Atkinson.
Frank was then posted to Cairn Ryan in Scotland and
worded in and around the Harbour area for nine months.
His next posting was to Hastings where he joined the 614
Road Construction Company, Royal Engineers which was
part of 13th Airfield Construction Group. Frank was
trained in the waterproofing of vehicle engines for
landing craft which were being assembled to invade
Frank's duties in France included the construction of
emergency landing strips for fighters to land and refuel
for flights over Holland and also the repair of damaged
Franks unit moved on into Germany and he finished the
war in Lubeck in the north of the country. Frank and his
unit were eventually posted back to the U.K.
Frank was Chairman of the 76th Branch.
He passed away November 10 2007.
After the war Frank stayed in contact with a Dutch
family. He and his wife visited Holland several times.
For some reason they lost this contact . It was for my
brother and me an honour and pleasure to help Frank
getting in touch with this family again. On his visit to
Holland in 2001 he spent some days with them and had a
good chat about old times..
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