Frederick John Aitken

First Name: 
Frederick
Middle Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Aitken
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, June 17, 1893
Mother's Name: 
Florence Aitken (nee Barber)
Father's Name: 
Edward Aitken
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, September 11, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
18th battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, November 27, 1944
Place of Death: 
Newcastle
Details: 

Private Frederick John Aitken (Service No 4972) was born in Wollongong and attended Unanderra Public School. His father, Edward Aitken, was an Inspector of Fisheries. Prior to enlisting he worked as a labourer. He embarked on HMAT A55 Kyarra with 13th reinforcements, 18th battalion on 5th June, 1916. He saw service on the Western Front. He arrived in France in early November, 1916, and was seriously wounded soon after. On 15th November, 1916, Frederick received a gun shot wound to his leg; he also became seriously ill & he was evacuated to England for treatment. He returned to Australia on the HMAT Miltiades on 5th July,1917, & was discharged as medically unfit on 8th October, 1917. In 1920 he married Gladys Brien. He died in Newcastle on 27th November, 1944 & is buried in Sandgate cemetery, no. 3, grave no. 283.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455; AITKEN F J; Frederick John

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