John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Atkinson
  • FORENAME
Malcolm (Akker)
  • UNIT
G Squadron (SSM)
  • RANK
Warrant Officer Second Class
  • NUMBER
23969493
  • DATE OF DEATH
19th May 1982
  • AGE
36
  • GRAVESITE
Hereford (St Martin's) Churchyard, Herefordshire SAS Regimental Plot Memorial Plaque
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit Grenadier Guards
Coldstream Guards in some sources (WO/373/187)
born 6.7.1945
originally from Barnsley, Yorkshire
former No 1 (Guards) Independent Company
recommended MiD, Oman, 1972 (see WO/373/187) doesn't show awarded, have added citation below
lost in Sea King crash, South Atlantic
Shucknall, Herefordshire War Memorial
 

DATE OF DEATH:

19-May-1982

CITATION:

Mention in Despatches : ATKINSON was a member of a group of SAS advisers employed with the FIRQAT AL ASIFAT at JIHAT between July and November, 1972. His specialist responsibility was that of controlling close support aircraft.

On the 25th October the Firqat together with ATKINSON and other SAS advisers sprang a successful ambush on a group of some 30 enemy. The enemy recce group of 5 was killed in the initial contact but the the remaining 25 engaged the Firqat and ATKINSON's party. During the ensuing exchange of fire the enemy reinforced to the point where they were stronger than the Firqat. Once the enemy realised the strength of their position they started a series of fire and movement operations to out flank ATKINSON's party. These operations were conducted with a certain amount of success and it quickly became clear that unless they could be held back there was a danger of ATKINSON and his group becoming isolated and destroyed.

To prevent this ATKINSON personally moved forward to an exposed position where he was able to overlook the main enemy movement. Despite the heavy and determined fire directed at him ATKINSON arranged for an airstrike to be called and remained on his own in his exposed location to direct it. With great coolness and precision he brought the strike in with great accuracy.

Such was the success of the strike that the enemy were forced to withdraw temporarily thereby allowing ATKINSON's group to be extracted and to link up with the main force. There is no doubt that his brave action and his skillful use of his professional skills contributed greatly towards the success of the operation and safety of his party.

Place : Oman
Date of Action : 25th October 1972
How Employed : SAS Adviser

WEB LINKS:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7488110
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7631420

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79759314/malcolm-atkinson
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By Tom Read
Malcolm (Akker) Atkinson

I joined the Coldstream Guards in 1964 with Malcolm He was a good Mate It was such a sham to be lost in this way R.I.P old mate
Gordon
 
We trained together at Guards Dept Jan to June 1964....Coldstream 13 Company...Sgt Goddard...so proud of Malcolm....I have a photo of our squad..my number 23969455 and Malcolm ended 93...my Commissioned number 489258....almost 50yrs on, amazingly, I still have an ID card and am still serving.

Alan
 
We trained together at Guards Dept Jan to June 1964....Coldstream 13 Company...Sgt Goddard...so proud of Malcolm....I have a photo of our squad..my number 23969455 and Malcolm ended 93...my Commissioned number 489258....almost 50yrs on, amazingly, I still have an ID card and am still serving.

Alan
Kind words, thank you Alan. Malc was my Uncle and although he died when I was a baby I'm extremely proud of what he did. To see people such as yourself still remember his actions 40 years on speaks volumes.

Thank you for your brave service to our country Alan.

Kind regards and sincere thanks, Daryl
 
Malcolm (Akker) Atkinson

I joined the Coldstream Guards in 1964 with Malcolm He was a good Mate It was such a sham to be lost in this way R.I.P old mate
Gordon
Kind words, thank you Gordon.

Malc was my Uncle and although he died when I was a baby I'm extremely proud of what he did. To see people such as yourself still remember his actions 40 years on speaks volumes.



Thank you for your brave service to our country Gordon.



Kind regards and sincere thanks, Daryl
 
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