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Full Name
James Andrew Aitken
Rank Last Held
Driver
Forename(s)
James Andrew
Surname
Aitken
Also Known As
Aiken
War
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
  • 113
  • 9/416
First Known Rank
Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment
Saddler
Next of Kin
John Aitken (father), Mataura, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
80 Frederick Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Military District
Otago
Body on Embarkation
Main Body
Embarkation Unit
Otago Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date
16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
  • Waiwera
  • Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Destination
  • Cape Town, South Africa (23 November 1899)
  • Suez, Egypt (3 December 1914)
Nominal Roll Number
Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll
7
Wounds and Diseases
Wounded at Jacobsdal, 19 February 1900
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Field Artillery
Place of Death
Delville Wood, Somme, France
Date of Death
30 September 1916
Age at Death
36
Year of Death
1916
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France
Grave Reference
I. D. 2.
Biographical Notes
  • Son of John and Elizabeth Aitken, of Invercargill, New Zealand. Served with 1st New Zealand Contingent in the South African Campaign.
  • Aiken was invalided back to New Zealand on Delphic 23 October 1900. At the front he was selected as 'galloper', taking dispatches for Generals Roberts and French. (St Clair Inglis, p. 24)
  • Driver Aitken was killed in action at Delville Wood, France.
Description of Image
Portrait
Archives NZ source
Further References
  • New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-south-african-boer-war/introduction
  • St Clair Inglis, A. 1902. Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland.
  • Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. / Richard Stowers. 3rd ed. Hamilton, NZ : Richard Stowers, 2004
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
Previous Military Experience
Gore Rifles
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