DOB: 19 December 1916
Died: 1 March 1942
From: Melbourne Grammar/Old Melburnians
Number: 16 (1940)
Recruited after six seasons in the amateur competition, the ruckman joined the Demons after winning the 1939 A Grade Best and Fairest award. His father Ernest Atkins had played 23 games for University in 1913/14, and his son continued the family tradition when he debuted at full-back for Melbourne. He was called up as a late replacement when Bill Baxter injured his back.
After four games Atkins left football to enlist with the Navy in World War II. He served in the Mediterranean early in the conflict, but was recalled to Australia when Japan entered the war. Atkins was killed along with 682 other servicemen on the HMAS Perth when the boat was struck by a Japanese torpedo near Java.