George Atkinson was born around 1877 and lived with his family in Burghwallis. George worked on the Burghwallis Hall estate as a coachman and gardener. In October 1908, George married Susannah Atack. To mark their marriage, Major Anne of the Hall gave George a silver tea set for a wedding present engraved “to G.A. from G.A.” as their initials were the same.
During the First World War George served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and later with the 20th Company of the Labour Corps. George died on 17 April 1918, aged 40, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.