Aitken, James: Service no. 769314


Digitized Service Record

Source: December 1916 K.I.A.

Note: Accidentally killed when a cookhouse collapsed.


Source: Toronto Star – January 13, 1917 via CVWM.

Death has taken heavy toll of the Flett family in the past 12 months [as] the loved ones of three sisters have been taken from them by the Grim Reaper. It is just about a year ago that Mrs. James Meikle, daughter of Rev. Mr. Flett, 223 Oakmount road, lost three children by death, and in the same week, her sister, Mrs. Newall, lost one child. A few weeks about their brother, Pte. Fred. Flett, was killed in action; and now word comes that their widowed sister’s only son, Pte. James Aitken, has been accidentally killed.

Pte. James Aitken is a mechanical draughtsman buy trade. He enlisted last summer and went to France about 3 months ago with an ammunition column. He was only 18 years old, and an only child of Mrs. Jemima Aitken.

Source: Toronto Star – January 13, 1917 via CVWM.

This soldier was one of a working party attached to the 6th Fld. Coy. C. E. for duty at Aix Noeulette. This place was shelled and the concussion injured on of the walls of the cook house which the party was using, and while the men were lined up getting a meal, the wall suddenly collapsed killing Private Aitken and one other man.
Image from the George Heriot School Book of Remembrance.
Biography from George Heriot School Book of Remebrance. Note that this solder was not a member of the First Contingent.

Excerpt from Book of Remebrance.


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