Frank Keith AITKIN

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AITKIN, Frank Keith

Service Number: 1869
Enlisted: 30 January 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Paddington, New South Wales, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Bondi, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Boys High School
Occupation: Clerk/Accountant
Died: Died of wounds (received at Gallipoli), At Sea (Lemnos, Greece), 7 August 1915, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Lone Pine Memorial
No known grave - buried at sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, Liverpool, New South Wales
17 Mar 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Sydney
17 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, 3rd Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

Frank Keith Aitkin 1869

Correct spelling of name is Frank Keith Aitkin. Father - Morehead George Aitkin, Mother - Gertrude Hannah McNamara.

Born Paddington, educated at Sydney Boys High School and his name appears on their Roll of Honour. Worked as a trainee Accountant in Sydney and enlisted together with his mate Roy Stanger who lived 100 meters from Frank's family home at 6 Watson St Bondi. They were both signallers, embarked together and were both signallers at Gallipoli. Frank suffered a GSW on 6th August 1915 at Lone Pine and was evacuated the same day but died on 7th August whilst under sea transport to Lemnos. He was buried at sea. Was 20 years old when he died. Roy Stanger fought in Europe and returned home to Bondi after the war.

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