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Full Name: James Andrew Aitken
Rank Last Held: Driver
Forename(s): James Andrew
Surname: Aitken
Also Known As: Aiken
  • 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
  • Waiwera
  • Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
  • 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: Military personnel file
Further References:
  • New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War. URL:
  • 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:
Previous Military Experience: Gore Rifles
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