Service Number: 20208
Enlisted: 21 June 1917, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 13th Field Company Engineers
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 12 November 1896
Home Town: Cairns, Cairns, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Central Technical College
Occupation: Railway engineer cadet
Died: Accidental (injuries), France, 19 April 1919, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun
Plot V11, Row C, Grave 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Jun 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 20208, Cairns, Queensland
21 Nov 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 20208, Field Company Engineers, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
21 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 20208, Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Aug 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 13th Field Company Engineers
19 Apr 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 20208, 13th Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The two enlisted children of James Aitchison and Euphemia Maxwell (née Christison) Aitchison of Clayfield, Queensland:-

3227 Pte. John Aitchison (/explore/people/261593) - returned to Australia;

20208 Sapper James Aitchison - died of (accidental) injuries.

Information from Sapper James Aitchison's Attestation Paper and Service Record, states that he died from a fractured spine at the 7th Casualty Clearing Station relating from a railway accident in France, 19 April 1919.


AITCHISON.- On 19th April, at 7th Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium, Sapper James Aitchison, 13th Field Coy., Engineers, the dearly beloved twin son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Aitchison, Denham street, Clayfleld, aged 22 years.

"Thy will be done." from The Week 16 May 1919 (nla.gov.au)