AITKEN, Thomas

Service Number: 3003
Enlisted: 10 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1981
Home Town: Moondarra, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Moondarra State School, Victoria
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, la Gorgue
Plot X1, Row D, Grave 37
Memorials: Aldgate War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Erica War Memorial, Moe Moondarra & District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3003, 21st Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3003, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3003, 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 21st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Arrived in Australia aged 4 years 6 months

54 Battalion

Rank - Private

29 January 1916 - Admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis (bronchitis);

18 February 1916 - Discharged to duty

20 April 1916 - Taken on strength of 59th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, from 6th Training Bn

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

29 June 1916 - Disembarked Marseilles, France

19 July 1916 - Posted missing

29 August 1917 Court of Enquiry, held in the field decided fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Son of John and Euphemia Aitken