(Service number 6/3979)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||15 March 1890||Place of Birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Date||16 November 1915||Age||25|
|Address at Enlistment||Winchester|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||W Aitken (brother), care of D.I.C., Kaikoura|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||10th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company|
|Date||4 March 1916|
|Transport||Re-embarked at Suez for France, 13 April 1916 on "Kinfannis"|
|Embarked From||Wellington, NZ||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal & Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||11 May 1918||Age||28|
|Place of Death||Le Quesnoy, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, Nord, France|
|Memorial Reference||III. C. 13|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial; Winchester War Memorial; Chunuk Bair NZ Memorial; Auckland War Memorial Museum, WW1 Hall of Memories|
Son of Walter and Christina Aitken, of Govan, Scotland.
Prior to enlistment he was working as a labourer for J. McInnes at Winchester. He was medically boarded at Temuka by Dr F A Scannell and described as weight 162 lbs, chest 33 inches, height 5 foot 9 1/2 inches, fair hair and complexion and eyes blue. He served from 16 Nov 1915 to 5 Mar 1916 within NZ prior to embarkation on 4 Mar 1916 for Suez, arriving 8 Apr 1916, then onwards to France per "Kinfannis" 13 Apr 1916, arriving 24 Apr 1916.
John suffered being wounded three times prior to his death
- 25 Sep 1916 – Cas. List No.428/16 (GSW to right foot). Embarked on hospital ship "Cambria" for England 30 Sep 1916. Admitted to 2 Gen. Hosp. Chelsea, 30 Sep 1916 and returned to France 27 May 1917.
- 17 Aug 1917 - Cas. List No.650/2 (remained on duty)
- 5 Apr 1918 – Cas. Lis. No.829/5 (gassed).
Aitken’s war medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his NOK Walter Aitken (brother) care Barton Ross Ltd ,Hamilton.
Cenotaph (August 2013); Temuka through the years: an informal history (Temuka History Book Committee, 2009); CWGC; Archives NZ
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Researched and Written by
Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald, Ted Hansen
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