According to his attestation papers dated February 11, 1915 at Toronto, Richmond Henry Atkey was born on December 15, 1885 in Ventnor, England. He listed Maude M Atkey (Atkey crossed out and Mitchell written in) as his next of kin. He was a dental student and indicated that he was a member of the Officers Training Corps. He was 29 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall. He had dark brown eyes and hair and a dark complexion. He had two scars on the outside of his left thigh and two scars on the left side of his back. He was a Presbyterian.
According to the Torontonensia University Monthly, Volume XV 1914-1915 (April 1915), University of Toronto Press, Atkey was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree by the University of Toronto on February 25, 1915. This was a special Convocation for "those leaving for the front".
According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (1915?) Atkey was assigned to the unit known as No. 2 General Hospital, which was mobilized at the old General Hospital on Gerrard Street, and made ready to leave for the front.
By 1918 he was a member of the Dental Corps and was reported ill in the August 19, 1918 edition of the Toronto World. Whatever the illness was it appears to have resulted in him being invalided in March 1918 according to the entry below in the University of Toronto Roll of Service.
C.A.M.C. No. 2 C.C.S., Pte., Feb. 1915; Cpl.; O/S. Apl. 1915; C.A.D.C, Sergt., Lieut., Capt.; France, Feb. 19 16, att. No. 8 Can. Fd. Amb.; Ypres, Somme, Arras, Vimy, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Vimy sec; Invalided Mar. 1918.