Robert Andrew Sinclair AITKEN

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AITKEN, Robert Andrew Sinclair

Service Number: 4971
Enlisted: 7 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland, 1886
Home Town: Goodwood, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Master Tailor
Died: Killed in Action, Flers, Picardie, France, 5 November 1916
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers
AIF Burial Ground (Special Memorial 13), Grass Lane, Flers, France. These memorials commemorate men known to have been buried but whose graves were obliterated in subsequent fighting.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Unley HB01 Town Hall*
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
27 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4971, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4971, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Barambah, Melbourne
27 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4971, 27th Infantry Battalion
27 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Barambah A37
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 4971, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

Obituary


The Advertiser Thursday 26 April 1917 page 8

THE LATE LANCE CORPORAL R A. S AITKEN
Lance Corporal Aitken of Petersburg, who was reported missing some time ago has now been reported killed in action. He was born in the Shetland Islands in 1888, but was brought up in Edinburgh. With his wife he arrived in Adelaide five years ago, and after some months' residence at Parkside he took a share in a tailoring business at Petersburg. During their residence of three years there Mr. and Mrs. Aitken were earnest supporters of the local Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Aitken was secretary and an elder. He enlisted in January, 1916, and qualified as a sergeant. In June he was chosen to command a company of reinforcements. When volunteers were called for service at the front he offered and left for France in September aver one month in camp on Salisbury Plain. By October 21 he was in the trenches, and he was killed in action on November 5. Both as a man and an officer he was very popular.

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Biography

Born Park Lane, Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Son of Andrew John AITKEN and Christina WILLIAMSON

he married Jane Drummond WATSON on 5th October, 1910 in Edinburgh, Scotland