Colonel John Noel Atkinson was educated at Trinity College Dublin from where he graduated MB ChB in 1924. He served in the University of Dublin Officers Training Corps prior to being commissioned in the RAMC.
29 Jan 1925 Commissioned Lieutenant in the RAMC aged 28 years.
1926–1930 Served in India.
22 Dec 1927 Birth of a son at Calcutta.
29 July 1928 Captain RAMC.
29 Jan 1935 Major RAMC. Specialist in Hygiene.
1935–1943 Served in India.
5 July 1940 Acting Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.
1942 Commanding Officer Military Food Laboratory and Inspector of Foodstuffs GHQ (I).
7 June 1943 Acting Colonel RAMC.
1943–1944 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ 47 Division.
1944–1945 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ 75 Sub-Area Middle East Force.
1945–1946 Commanding Officer 131 General Hospital.
1 Mar 1946 Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.
1947–1949 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ Western Command.
17 Sept 1949 Colonel L/RAMC.
Malta 19 Oct 1949 Arrived at Malta. Deputy Director of Medical Services Malta.
1950–1952 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ 17 Infantry Brigade District.
1952 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ Canal South District.
1953–1954 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ Northumbrian District.
1954–1955 President Standing Medical Board.
13 Aug 1955 Retired.
- Entry No: 1383. Drew R. 1968. Commissioned Offices in the Medical Services of the British Army 1690—1960. Vol. II. Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898–1960, London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
- Succession Books Vol XXVII, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.