Claude Stanley AITKEN

AITKEN, Claude Stanley

Service Number: 3347
Enlisted: 16 October 1916, 11th Reinforcements
Last Rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Clerk
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World War 1 Service

16 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 3347, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , 11th Reinforcements
11 May 1917: Involvement Gunner, 3347, Field Artillery Brigades
11 May 1917: Embarked Gunner, 3347, Field Artillery Brigades, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
6 Nov 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
8 Sep 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 3347, AGBD: Australian General Base Depot

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Claude was the youngest of nine children of Archibald Aitken (born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1844) and Emma Elizabeth Irish (born in London, England in 1844). Archibald was a Brewer, and was Mayor of Collingwood in 1886.

Claude was a Bank Clerk in Armadale, Victoria when he enlisted in the AIF in 1916. He had been in the School Cadets. Claude served as a Gunner (Service No: 3347) with  the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade 11th Reinforcements and 14th Field Artillery Brigade,  and as Company Quartermaster Sergeant with the AGBD. He was Discharged in 1919.

Claude returned to Melbourne, Victoria where he worked as a Bank Clerk. In 1927 he married Beatrice Isabel Renfree in Melbourne, Victoria and continued work as a Bank Clerk until his death in Oakleigh, Murrambeena, Victoria in 1935