Herbert (Bert) AIKEN


AIKEN, Herbert

Service Numbers: 2101, 2102
Enlisted: 6 July 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Auburn, Auburn, New South Wales
Schooling: Auburn Boys Public School
Occupation: Carter
Died: Died of wounds, Fleurbaix, France, 29 May 1916
Cemetery: Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier
Brewery Orchard Cemetery Plot 1V, Row C, Grave 16 Rev. E.H. Fernie officiated, Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Auburn Boys Public School Pictorial Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

6 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2101, 19th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
30 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2102, 19th Infantry Battalion
30 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2102, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
30 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT A8 Argyllshire from Sydney
Date unknown: Involvement 19th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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19 Battalion

Rank - Private

8 January 1916 joined M.E.F. at Telel- Kebir

Proceed to join B.E.F. at Alexandria on 13 March 1916

Disembarked ar Marseilles on 25 March 1916    

Next of kin given as friend Miss Emma Stockholm Lewis of 34 Queen Street, Auburn New South Wales. Brother of Laura Brown of Shirley Street, Bexley


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private Bert Aiken died of wounds received in France on 29th May last.  He was 25 years of age, and was reared by his aunt, Mrs. F.S. Lewis of 'Clarenzo' Queen street, Auburn.  He was educated at Auburn Superior Public School, a prominent cricketer and footballer, also a member of Auburn Rifle Club.  He enlisted in July 1915, and sailed for active service on 29th September in that year with the 4th Reinforcements of the 19th Battalion.  Prior to his departure he, among a number of local lads, was given a send off by the Auburn Comforts Soliders' League and presented with a kit.  Writing from Egypt just before his departure for France he stated:

'I have met such a lot of boys who remember the Auburn Women's Patriotic League, and when I thold them I came from Auburn, they asked me such a lot of questions about the women there, and when tea time comes around they often talk of the lovely teas they used to give them at Liverpool Camp.   I feel proud to say I come from a little town where the women have done so much for the soldiers, and made themselves so much admired by the boys over here.'  Great sympathy is felt with Mrs. Lewis, he being her only comfort.  She is a widow and reared him since he was six years of age.