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David John Aitken

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Taken in Italy June 1944

Capt. David John Aitken

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    David John AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jock AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 5461 AWMM
    • Malaya 30089 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 October 1917 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Washdyke, South Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr G.R. Aitken, Hills Road, Leeston, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Photo of Lt Col D.J. Aitken in The Officers, 2nd Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Taiping, Malaya 1960). Source: The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment Journal (1983).

    Photo of Lt Col D.J. Aitken in The Officers, 2nd Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Malaya 1961). Source: The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment Journal (1983).

    Commanding Officer 2 New Zealand Regiment in Malaya, 1959-1961. AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    26 October 2005 AWMM
    SydneyNew South Wales AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Ellesmere Cemetery, Leeston, Canterbury AWMM
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Sources

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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 6 AWMM
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
    • O'Carroll, B. (2000). The Kiwi scorpions : the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group. Devon, England: Token Publishing. AWMM
    • Overseas postings and forces - New Zealand Force for Malaya Far East land forces - Officers, 1957-1971, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AD-W6W2564 36 part 3. AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 1 1958-1961 - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. This list was not collated by McNabb but was sourced from the Royal New Zealand Navy. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1949). Long Range Desert Group in Libya, 1940-41. Wellington, N.Z. : War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • Kay, R. L. (1950). Long Range Desert Group in the Mediterranean. Wellington, N.Z. : War History Branch Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • Sanders, J. (1976). Desert patrols : New Zealanders with the Long Range Desert Group. Auckland: Wilson and Horton. AWMM
    • Gower-Collins, C. (1999). Raids, road watches, and reconnaisance : an analysis of the New Zealand contribution to the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa, 1940-1943 : a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in History at Massey University [Dissertation]. AWMM
    • Black, E. A. (n.d.). N.Z. armed forces honours & awards : Korea, Malaya, South Vietnam, 1950-1972. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence Headquarters. AWMM

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29 June 2023DanielAdelaide Australia Direct descendant
04 July 2019JackPebble BeachResearcher

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