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Donald Kitson AITKEN

Regimental number1612
Place of birthViolet Town, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address14 Beavers Road, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinFather, Donald K. Aitken, 14 Beavers Road, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (2 years)
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 February 1917
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Discharge date19 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 May 1916; disembarked Suez, 10 June 1916.

Taken on strength of 5th Australian Divisional Details, Tel el Kebir, 9 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 August 1916; marched into 15th Training Bn, England, 21 August 1916.

Found guilty, 28 August 1916, of (1) disobedience of orders; (2) insolence to an NCO: awarded 5 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 28 September 1916, of being insolence to an NCO: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 28 November 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, in the field, 30 November 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 November 1917; rejoined unit, 23 November 1917.

Wounded in action, 13 March 1918; admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 13 March 1918 (shrapnel wounds, face and left forearm); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 13 March 1918; to No 12 Ambulance Train, 3 April 1918; to No 14 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 3 April 1918; to England, 5 April 1918; to No 2 Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, 5 April 1918; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 April 1918; discharged to furlough, 19 April 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 4 May 1918.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 25 May 1918.

Found guilty, 4 June 1918, of being absent without leave from Guard Parade after being duly warned: award, forfeits 3 days' pay, and total forfeiture of 4 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 22 June 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 24 June 1918; rejoined 59th Bn, 30 June 1918.

Detached to 15th Bde Compound, 15 March 1919.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 20 March 1919, on charge of committing an offence against a person of an inhabitant of the country in which was serving, in that he on 10 March 1919 committed assault occasioning actual bodily harm: found guilty and sentenced to 90 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Rejoined unit, 26 March 1919.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 17 April 1919; marched into No 5 Group, England, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919; discharged Melbourne (termination of period of enlistment), 19 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 September 1970
Age at death74
Place of burialShepparton Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, AITKEN Donald Kitson

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