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Second World War Resistance
Captain Guy Christopher Leicester Atkinson, M.C., is listed as being the Intelligence Officer, for Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1941 had the Nazis invaded.

Captain Guy Christopher Leicester Atkinson was a career soldier born in North Yorkshire on the 30th May 1897. Died in 1964.

Guy Christopher Leicester Atkinson joined the Foot Guards in WW1 from the Bedfordshire Yeomanry. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards from January 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross for leading a successful trench raid and was mentioned in despatches (ref in The London Gazette). Guy was in the Royal Fusiliers with the service number 17856. On the 10th January 1919 he was promoted to a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards.

Between the World Wars he was seconded to the Colonial Office in February 1926 and was again promoted to Captain 15th May 1929 while still seconded. He retired from the regular Army on the 3rd October 1931. In WW2 he volunteered for service on the 27th June 1940 and was transferred from the Coldstream Guards to the Royal Fusiliers on the 3rd July 1940.
Guy was Intelligence Officer at Danby Hall from the 13th July 1940 until the 29th January 1942. Also County Durham area from the 3rd July 1940 until the 3rd February 1943.
He was given the area between the Tees and the Forth to set up the new organisation. By late 1941 Captain Guy C L Atkinson was the Intelligence Officer for the Durham & North Riding with 25 patrols to look after from Scarborough to the River Tyne.
Late in 1943 there was a reorganisation of the Auxiliary Unit areas and the now Brevet Major Atkinson lost some of his patrols. He ended up with twelve patrols in the Durham Area. He lost Durham & North Riding Yorks. Area No.1 the Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire Moors and Redcar. At the end of May in 1947 Brevet Major G C L Atkinson had reached the Age Limit of Liability to Recall and ceased to be on the List of Officers in Reserve. This was when he had returned to the Royal Fusiliers.

In March 1956 he relinquishes both Brevet Major and Captain commissions and retires. He died in 1964 and is buried alongside his wife Nobby in the Parish Church at Danby. His grandfather Canon John Arkinson was vicar for 40 years at this church.

Source : The British Resistance Archive.