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William James Aitken

  • Service number
    • WWI 26736 AWMM
    • South African SA3703 AWMM
    • South African War, 3703 WW2 RNZAF NZ 424956 Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Record
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • RNZAF Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Record
  • Last rank
  • War
Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 45), Page: 28 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 45), Page: 28 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James AWMM
  • Surname
    Aitken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 26736 AWMM
    • South African SA3703 AWMM
    • South African War, 3703 WW2 RNZAF NZ 424956 Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Record
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    18 July 1878 Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018 - Family bible
  • Place of birth
    Herbert Otago Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018 - Family bible
  • Birth notes
    son of William James Aitken and jane Turnbull Oliver Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018 - Family bible
  • Address before enlistment
    Timaru Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018 - Family knowledge
  • Post war occupation
    Railways Public - Patricia - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018 - Personal knowledge
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Agnes Aitken (wife), Victoria Street, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • RNZAF Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Record
  • Service number
    • WWI 26736 AWMM
    • South African SA3703 AWMM
    • South African War, 3703 WW2 RNZAF NZ 424956 Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Record
  • Military service
    South Africa 6th Contingent, WW1 Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Queen's South Africa Medal, bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914-18 British War Medal, 1914-18 Victory Medal, 1939-45 British War Medal, 1939-45 New Zealand War Service Medal, United Fire Brigade Association 5 year Long Service Medal with 3 x 2 year bars, dated 28 August 1912 Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Records and UFBA Fire Service records

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Railway shunter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 15 May 1942 Attested for service with RNZAF at Wigram Air Force base.
    As NZ 424956 AC. Discharged 5 July 1944 as Leading AC. Aircraft Hand Patrol, Group 4, Wigram AF Base
    Born Otepopo, North Otago 19 July 1878, father born in Scotland, mother born in NZ
    He was a widower, living at 15 Dudley Street, Addington, Christchurch SW. Retired in 1937 from the Traffic Department of the NZ Railways
    He married in Christchurch on 30 March 1943, Josephine BATCHELOR, born 1989 in Condoblin, Australia
    NOK on enlistment, son, W Aitken, of 202 Lyttleton Street, Speydon, Christchurch SW1
    From 1943 Mrs J Aitken, Mental Hospital Dept, Sunnyside, Addington Public - Martyn - Researcher - 31 August 2018 - NZ Defence Force Personnel Files
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Death

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

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    45: 28 AWMM

Contributors

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
31 August 2018MartynCHELTENHAM, EnglandResearcher
10 May 2018PatriciaNZOther relative
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