James Tod AITKEN

AITKEN, James Tod

Service Number: 2105
Enlisted: 15 March 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hopkins Hill, Chatsworth, Victoria, Australia, 23 July 1882
Home Town: Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne C of E Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Wool Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 8 August 1915, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot II, Row A, Grave 58, Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geelong Football Club Honour Roll, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2105, 5th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 2105, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 2105, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
5 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2105, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2105, 5th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

The youngest sn of late Mr. David Aitken.  He was born in 1892 and entered the School in 1895.  He was in the cricket and football teams from 1897 to 1899. and matriculating in 1899 then left School.  He was a clerk in the office of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Co., Melbourne when he enlisted.  He was drafted into the 6th Reinforcements of the 5th Battalion, and left Victoria in June 1915.  He had only been four days in Egypt when he was sent to the front, and was killed a few days after he landed at Anzac in the fighting round Lone Pine.

War Services Old Melburnians 1914 - 1918

He joined Geelong Football Club in 1903 and on June 13 was named in the centre for the Pivotonians Round 8 match against St. Kilda. It was the only senior game he played.