Atkins, George Franklin

1918 Sgt Maj GF Atkins
Sergeant Major G. Frank Atkins 1918

Sergeant Major G. Frank Atkins was a Sergeant in a photo of the Sergeants’ Mess in 1906 and is listed as BSM (Battalion Sergeant Major) in photos of the Mess in 1914, 1915, and 1918. When the Regiment expanded to 2 Battalions in 1908 each Battalion had a Sergeant Major and there was a Regimental Sergeant Major until 1922. In 1933 he won the QOR Rifle Association Cup where he is listed as Sergeant Major. In 1932/33 he was appointed as Regimental Sergeant Major.

1915Bn Sgt Major Atkins
Sergeant Major Atkins 1915

G Frank Atkins was a founding member of the Maple Leaf Club which still [2017] encourages shooting and camaraderie  among members and ex members of the Regiment by holding an annual shooting match and dinner. Atkins, sometimes referred to as “Brandy Atkins” was the secretary/treasurer from 1912 until his death in 1956. His 1933 shooting trophy, (seen below), was later used as an award to the best shot of the club.

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Trophy and photos courtesy QOR Sergeants’ Mess

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Staff Sergeant Atkins on the shooting team
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Sergeant Major Atkins on parade (year unknown)

 

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