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Stewart Alexander Aitken

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stewart Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Stewart Alex Aitken AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/108 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Waikaka Valley, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.S. Aitken (mother), Waikaka Valley, via Gore, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/108 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      London Gazette, 11 October 1916, p9839 AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Having located his citation its fitting that his courage be remembered.
      His citation reads as follow and is taken from the original Army Form W3121.
      "Distinguished brave and valuable service as a stretcher bearer on Gallipoli for six months. During August fighting worked devotedly and unceasingly in removing wounded under fire" Public - Chris - Researcher - 31 December 2016 - Army Form W3121.

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of James A. and Ellen S. Aitken, of Waikaka Valley, Southland, New Zealand. Also served at Gallipoli. AWMM
    • Before the war Stewart had met Una Hamel, of Dunedin, and they had fallen in love. We don't think they were engaged, but she had been to the farm and met the family. Una was devastated when he was killed. Later she married a widower and had 3 children, but to the end of her life she remembered Stewart, her first love. Public - Sue - 25 April 2020 - Una Hamel told this to her grandchildren.
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About death

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  • Death
    29 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Invercargill Cenotaph, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Stewart Alexander Aitken was born in 1890, son of Helen Stewart and James Allison Aitken. He was killed in action on 29 April 1918 in France at the age of 27 years and 9 months. He lived in Waikaka Valley, Invercargill. My grandmother Jessie Aitken was his first cousin and also lived in Waikaka Valley, so they would have been close. Jessie met and married Francis Ritchie Blue when he was school teacher at Waikaka Valley. My father, Stewart Aitken Strang Blue was born in 1909 and would have known Stewart (he also shares his first name, and has Aitken as a middle name). I am very sad that he lost his life in this horrible war. I am interested in genealogy, and visited Waikaka Valley to see where my roots came from - and saw the memorial to Stewart. I would very much like to visit Stewart's grave or memorial stone in France if it exists. I have always had an affinity to France.
    Public - Robyn - Other Relative - 20 June 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 7 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      Refer to Wayne McDonald's book Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War 1914-1918, page 9. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2020SueBalclutha NZOther
31 December 2016ChrisUKResearcher
16 May 2024RobynNewtown, WellingtonOther Relative

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