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Full Name: John Earl Aitken
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John Earl
Surname: Aitken
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 8269
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs M.T.A. Aitken (wife), 83 Main Road, North-east Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: 35 Grosvenor Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Military District: Dunedin
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20 Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 6
Campaigns: Crete
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 2 June 1941
Age at Death: 25
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 12. E. 19
Biographical Notes: Son of Joseph and Libena Aitken, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand; husband of Mary Teresa Aitken, of Dunedin.
Additional Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission has Private Aitken's date of death as 20 June 1941
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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