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Gilbert Atkinson was born in 1883, and was the second son of John Boland and Jane Atkinson. Gilbert's father was the Chief Inspector of Mines, first for the East of Scotland District, and later for the district of Newcastle. Gilbert was educated at Kelvinside Academy, before taking classes at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, in order to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.
Gilbert was an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a member of staff at Armstrong College, where he lectured in Accountancy. He was also a keen golfer, frequently representing Northumberland in inter-county matches. He was secretary of the City Golf Club and honorary secretary of the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, and said to be "one of the strongest golfers in the north of England".
In the summer of 1915, Gilbert was commissioned into the 8th Durham Light Infantry and sent to serve in France. In March 1916 he was wounded and invalided home, where he recovered only to be injured again in November 1917. He rejoined his Battalion in June 1918.
On the 2nd October 1918, Gilbert was serving near Ypres, when his unit came under attack. Gilbert fell while encouraging his men to counter-attack the enemy. Lieutenant Gilbert Atkinson died of his wounds two days later, on 4th October 1918.