Josephus Alexander AITKEN

AITKEN, Josephus Alexander

Service Number: 2862
Enlisted: 12 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria
Schooling: Williamstown State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Steel Moulder
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Williamstown Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

12 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
15 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2862, 8th Infantry Battalion
15 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2862, 8th Infantry Battalion, SS Makarini, Melbourne
15 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2862, 58th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 58th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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58 Battalion

Rank - Private

7 January 1916 - Disembarked Alexandria from Lemnos, general Gallipoli evacuation

22 February 1916 - Transferred to 60th Bn

24 February 1916 - Taken on strength

16 March 1916 - Transferred to 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir

17 June 1916 - Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force

23 June 1916 - Disembarked Marseilles, France

15 July 1916 - Killed in action, France

Believed to be buried in the Rue Petillon Military Cemetery

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Son of Thomas and Catherine Aitken of 64 Cole Street, Williamstown, Victoria