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Gerald Vincent Aitken

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gerald Vincent AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 57291 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 May 1897 AWMM BalcluthaOtago AWMM
    Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 May 1917 AWMM Balclutha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Annie Aitken (mother), Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 August 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Occupation of Germany WW1 AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 57291 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials: 14th Regiment AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 May 1917 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Mechanic/Military AWMM
    MiltonOtago 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 12 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded (gunshot wound to left leg): Admitted to 3 NZ Field Ambulance on 9 December 1917. Discharged to 1 Convalescence Depot, Boulogne, on 4 February 1918. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded (right arm): Admitted to 1 NZ Field Ambulance on 21 July 1918. Rejoined Battalion on 28 July 1918. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Thomas and Annie Aitken, of Balclutha.

      Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal on 8 October 1918.

      Promoted to rank of Sergeant on 4 January 1919.

      Embarked from Plymouth, England, on 28 July 1919 aboard SS Hororata for New Zealand, arriving on 20 September 1919.

      The Auckland Museum Library Manuscripts (MS 97/17) and Pictorial (PH97/5) Collections contain the discharge and service certificates of Sergeant Aitken, a summary of his wartime service and 5 photographs. AWMM
    • Gerald Vincent Aitken died on or about 21st November 1966 in Ottawa, Canada and is buried there in Pinecrest Cemetery. Public - Linda Ngaire - Child - 2 October 2016 - I have his death certificate but it is not to hand at this moment, stored with other family papers.
      It can be provided if necessary.
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About death

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  • Death
  • 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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02 October 2016Linda NgaireHighworth, Wiltshire, EnglandChild
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