Forename Robert Ringrose Gelston
Surname Atkins
Rank Captain
Regiment Royal Artillery
Age 23
Death Killed on active service
Place of Death North Africa > Tunisia
Date of Death 25/01/1943
Year of Entry 1933
Social B
School Notes
Comments One of three close schoolfriends: Bob Atkins, Peter Glyn, Adrian Malcolm-King
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Link
Unit 152nd Field Regiment
Prefect School Prefect; Head of House
Military Decorations MC
Sport Cricket XI; Hockey XI; Rugby XV; Shooting team; Fencing team
Album Number 21
Previous Regiment
Burial or Cemetery Tunisia > Medjez-Bab
Archives Correspondence file in OR files in Radley Archives
Post School Woolwich, 1937
Prep School Sidcup Place
Prisoner of War
Radlein Obituary February 18 1943. In N. Africa, on active service in January 1943. Robert Ringrose Gelston Atkins, Captain, RA., aged 23. Bob Atkins came to Radley (Nugee's, B) in 1933. He had a very successful school career, and his many honours are too numerous to mention. But, among them. he was a School Prefect and Head of his House, and was in the Cricket and Hockey XIs, the XV.the Shooting VIII and the Fencing Team. He passed comfortably into Woolwich in December 1937, and did well there too. He won the Physical Efficiency Prize and was in the XV. He passed out into the R.A. in 1939.
He went overseas in 1940, was slightly wounded in Syria and again in Libya, and had been in action almost everywhere from Syria to Benghazi before going sick with diphtheria. This brought him home and we saw him at Radley in August but he went overseas again at the end of last year. He was a delightful boy with simple, outdoor, unsophisticated tastes. He used to do the maddest things from time to time, as one might expect from an Irishman, and he would issue astonishing orders to his House, but all that came from a personality overflowing with life and energy. He was the type that the Army, the country and we, his friends, can ill afford to lose.
Service Number 94732
Place of Birth