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John Atkinson    1895 - 1964
Johnny was the youngest of the Atkinson boys, and by all accounts, 'a bit wild'! Like his brother James, he ran away to sea as soon as he could, and signed on as an assistant cook on a Merchant Vessel. He soon decided that the seafaring life was not for him, and after his discharge from the Army at the end of WW1, he began training as an accountant and bookkeeper. He worked for many years as head bookkeeper for Rolls Royce in Coventry.

He had married Florence Lydall, in Hartlepool, on 28 May 1917. He and his wife "Floss" had two sons, and it was to their home that James and Marion Atkinson sent their only son Eric, for safety, during WW2. The Northeast  Coast  was
  enduring nightly air-raids, and they believed that a city like Coventry, far from the vulnerable coast, would provide a safe haven. Hermann Goering and his Luftwaffe pilots had other ideas, and a few days after "Rickie" arrived in Coventry, on the evening of November 14 1940, the medieval city was obliterated when 500 German bombers dropped 500 tons of explosives and nearly 900 incendiary bombs in ten hours of unrelenting bombardment. John brought his nephew straight home, to the great relief of his parents.

John died in Chevy Chase, in Coventry, on 3 September 1964, just before his seventieth birthday.
Florence Lydall
I have no information on Florence.
I have identified the following children:
John W. L. Born abt 1918 Hartlepool
James R. T. Born abt 1927   Hartlepool

Birth of Parents
John Atkinson b: 7 May 1895 c: 7 Jan 1896     Lesmahagow, Renfrewshire, Scotland
son of Thomas Atkinson and Margaret, late Mitchell
Florence Lydall No Date

28 May 1917
John Atkinson
Florence Lydall
  West Hartlepool, County Durham   1917 2Q Hartlepool 10a 184
Father: Thomas Atkinson, Deceased

John. W. L. Atkinson b: abt 1918     County Durham         1918 2Q Hartlepool 10a 278
son of John Atkinson and Florence, late Lydall
James R. T. Atkinson b: abt 1927     County Durham         1927 2Q Hartlepool 10a 281
son of John Atkinson and Florence, late Lydall

James Atkinson Died 3 Sep 1964   buried 7 Sep 1964           Coventry, Warwickshire
Cremated at Canley Crem., Coventry

Florence (Lydall) Atkinson No Date

SPECIAL THANKS  to a current direct Atkinson descendant of James and Margaret Atkinson for the details provided above.