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Arthur Nairn Stirling AIKMAN

Regimental number6458
Place of birthWallsend, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationArtisan
AddressGolden Fleece Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 8"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs H. Stevens, Waratah House, cr Bull and Kerr Streets, Mayfield via Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceStated as nil
Enlistment date26 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 July 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Date of death14 October 1919
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
106
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Robert AIKMAN.
Discharge date8 May 1919
Family/military connectionsPreviously served as 2356 James AIKMAN
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916.

Marched out to Fovent from No 3 Command Depot, 21 November 1916.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 7 January 1917 (general debility); discharged, 3 February 1917, and marched into 2nd Training Bn the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 15 March 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 9 April 1917; taken on strength of 8th Bn, 10 April 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 12 May 1917 (fractured ribs, accidental); transferred to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station, 12 May 1917; to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 15 May 1917; to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 16 May 1917; to England, 20 May 1917; to Birmingham War Hospital, 21 May 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 July 1917; discharged to furlough, 10 July 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 24 July 1917.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital, 30 July 1917 (femoral boil); discharged, 10 August 1917, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, the same day.

Marched into Parkhouse Camp for a signallers test pending transfer to Signal Engineers, 8 September 1917.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 11 September 1917 (Class B2A).

Reclassified B2B, 14 September 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 October 1917.

Marched out of No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 1 December 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 2 December 1917.

Reclassified B1A3, 10 December 1917.

Reclassified B2B, 15 December 1917.

Reclassified A3, 17 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 January 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 4 January 1918.

Rejoined 8th Bn, 9 January 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 January 1918 (bronchitis); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 January 1918; to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 6 February 1918; to No 23 Ambulance Train, 7 February 1918; to No 53 General Hospital, Boulogne, 7 February 1918; to England, 13 February 1918; to Middlesex War Hospital, Clacton on Sea, 13 February 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 14 March 1918; discharged to furlough, 26 March 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 April 1918.

Taken on strength of Permanent Cadre, No 2 Command Depot, 14 May 1918, and promoted Extra Duty Pay Corporal the same day.

Promoted Extra Duty Pay Sergeant, 2 July 1918.

Reverts to the rank of Private, 25 September 1918.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 9 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lancashire', 27 February 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 8 May 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit), 8 May 1919.

Died, No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales, 14 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death14 October 1919
Age at death34
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, AIKMAN Arthur Nairn Stirling

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