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Alexander Craig Aitken

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 6 - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander Craig AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    8/2524 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 71 Albany Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Aitken (father), 71 Albany Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8/2524 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Enlistment
    WW1 OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Aitken attended Otago Boys' High School where he became Head Boy. He won a scholarship to Otago University where he studied languages and mathematics.

    In 1915 he enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and served in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France, being wounded at the battle of the Somme. His war experiences were to haunt him for the rest of his life. After three months in hospital in Chelsea, London, he was sent back to New Zealand in 1917. The following year he returned to his university studies.

    Later in life Alexander Aitken left for Edinburgh and was Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh University

    Auckland War Memorial Museum Scar on the Heart WWI " On the Fringe of Hell, New Zealanders on the Western Front, The German Machinegunner" display. Display item is a quote from Alexander Aitken's book. AWMM
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Death

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Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 6 AWMM
    • Aitken, A.C. (c1963). Gallipoli to the Somme: Recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman. London, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM