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Atkinson, Frank

Town : Brampton, CUMBRIA.
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Landed in Normandy : Juno Beach, Courseulles sur Mer, D-Day +1, 7TH JUNE 1944
Atkinson, Frank 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 Normandy.
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 airfields.

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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