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Personal Details
Date of BirthFebruary 27, 1896
Place of BirthLondonderry, County Derry
CountryIreland
Marital StatusSingle
Trade / CallingGrocer's Assistant
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number16107
Battalion1st Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry
ForceBritish Expeditionary Force
BranchBritish Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentBelfast, County Antrim, Ireland
Age at Enlistment20
Theatre of ServiceUnknown
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of Death27/03/1971
Age at Death75
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot2W-26-4

Atcheson, Samuel Alexander

Sam was born February 27, 1896 in the Parish of Templemore, town of Londonderry, County Derry, Ireland to George William and Letitia (Blair) Atcheson.   He enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry,  Company Plymouth Division on March 17, 1916 as a Private #16107.

He saw service in many of His Majesty’s ships and shore establishments under war conditions including  HM ships Carnarvon, Defence, Blake, Colleen, and Impregnable.   It was while serving on this last ship, on April 14, 1922, he was wounded in his left forearm by the accidental discharge of another man’s pistol.   He was honourably discharged from the Royal Marines Light Infantry on July 6, 1922 at Plymouth, England.   He   was awarded   Good Conduct Badges, the 1914/15 Star, British War and the Victory Medal.

Arriving in Canada in late July 1922, Sam went to Saskatchewan to farm with his oldest brother, George, followed by work with a survey crew in Saskatchewan.   Then he went to Pinawa, Manitoba where he became an electrician.   He married Florence Mable Partridge of Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 1, 1926 in Winnipeg. They settled in Keewatin, Ontario where he was employed by the Norman and Kenora Power dams and began raising their family with the arrival of daughters   Muriel and Doris.  During the depression, Sam sent his young family back to England where their son, Gordon, was born. Sam was able to find work at the Cameron Falls Dam. Floss and the three children then returned to Canada in 1932 and took up residence in Cameron Falls. From there the Atcheson family moved back to Keewatin where Sam was employed at the Norman Power Plant on the Winnipeg River. Sam joined the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company shortly after and was employed there as an electrician until he retired in 1961. The final addition to the Atcheson family, Delaine, arrived in 1947.

Sam applied for membership to the Royal Canadian Legion, Keewatin on May 12, 1944.

The Atcheson family lived on the Station Hill in Keewatin until Sam passed away on March 27, 1971. Floss died   December 8, 1984 and both are buried at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in   Kenora.

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