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Colin Robert AITKEN

Regimental number1113
Place of birthKensington, Victoria
SchoolKensington State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address11 Wolseley Parade, Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, W. Aitken, 11 Wolseley Parade, Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 21 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death23.9
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Jane AITKEN, 40 Footscray Road, Kensington, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 575 Lance Sergeant George Fawcett AITKEN, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919; 423 Sergeant Major Alfred Charles Victor AITKEN, 1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 21 July 1916.

Died of wounds at No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, 21 July 1916 (gun shot wound, abdomen).

Buried at Bailleul Cemetery by Reverend A.F. Feen (Church of England), 21 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AITKEN Colin Robert

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