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Cecil Crawford AITKEN

Regimental number1912
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
Address3 Mile Scrub Road, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Aitken, 3 Mile Scrub Road, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Clara Constance AITKEN. Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date29 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 9th Bn, Gallipoli, 22 June 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 4 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 49th Bn, 25 February 1916; taken on strength, 29 February 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Reverted to ranks at own request, 10 July 1916.

On leave to England, 27 November 1916; rejoined Bn from leave, 13 December 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 2 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, from detachment, 12 March 1917.

Detached to 13th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 2 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 18 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 9 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 5 April 1918 (contusion); admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 6 April 1918; transferred to england, 9 April 1918, and admitted to Military Hospital, Herne Bay, 10 April 1918 (concussion: slight); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartfield, 25 April 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1 May 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Sydney, 22 January 1919, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged (medically unfit: deafness), Brisbane, 29 March 1919.

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

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death3 August 1940
Age at death52
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, AITKEN Cecil Crawford

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