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  cap badgePrivate Andrew Aitken

16th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Boys Brigade)
Service No: 14989

Andrew Aitken grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Andrew (29/01/1857-13/02/1923) and Mary Leishman Aitken (30/10/1856-21/12/1943) of 66 North Square, Gartsherrie, Coatbridge. Andrew had 5 brothers also serving with the colours. James (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders), Robert (Army Service Corps), Alexander (Kings Own Royal Rifles), David (Royal Engineers), John (Royal Engineers). Andrew's elder brother Lance Corporal James Aitken of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 25/09/1915. The 1901 Census - Address - 174 and 175 North Square, Coatbridge - Mary Aitken aged 44, James Aitken aged 22, Robert Aitken aged 20 (1881-03/02/1940), John Aitken aged 16, Catherine (Katie) Aitken aged 14, Andrew Aitken aged 12, Mary Aitken aged 10, David Aitken aged 8 ( /02/1893-14/01/1922). Andrew's Pension was awarded to his sister Miss Mary Leishman Aitken on the 12/12/1916.

Born / Resided

Old Monkland, Coatbridge / 66 North Square, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 01/07/1916 at the Battle of Albert, Somme


Baird Town Hall, Coatbridge 03/09/1914


Joiner with the Gartsherrie Ironworks.



Buried / Remembered

Serre Road Cemetery No1 (V.G.11), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

There are 2,426 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,728 of the graves are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 10 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 3 men who were buried in Albert German Cemetery, 7 men who were buried in Beaucourt British Cemetery and 2 men who were buried in Puisieux Churchyard, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Most of the graves date from 1916.

Additional Information

Andrew's father received a letter from King George V thanking him for the families contribution to the war. All brothers were members of the local swimming club and Andrew's Great Niece Lesley Aitken was a pupil at Coatbridge High School in the 1980s. His mother Mary was a native of Condorrat, North Lanarkshire. Andrew and the Battalion were part of the 97th Brigade in 32nd Division and arrived in Boulogne on the 23/11/1915. Andrew was Killed in Action on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 1 of 15 Memorial men to fall on this day. See Directory for Andrew's brother James' page. Andrew's Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at A huge thanks to Scott Fisher and his young son Archie who sent me pictures from their visit to Scott's Great Great Uncles Andrew and his brother James' graves on the 01/08/2020 (see photos x 2 and see James' page). They collected soil from both their relatives graves and will be returning it to the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery. Also remembered on the Coats Parish Church, the Gartsherrie Works, in the St Augustines Parish (book) and Coatbridge Technical Colleges Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Andrew's Medal Index Card, Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery x 2, Newspaper clippings for Andrew x 3, Andrew and 3 brothers, Andrew's parents Marriage Certificate, his brother Robert's Service Records x 5, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, his Reburial Form, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, Serre Road Cemetery No 1 x 2, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and Andrew's Pension Records x 2. Andrew's Grave Inscription reads "HE LIVETH IN OUR HEARTS".

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Thank you for this information. This gentleman is my GG uncle. I have memories of my grandmother speaking about her uncle “Andre” as he was known. She never knew him as she was born in 1926 but her mum Catherine (Katie) Aitken was his sister, so she must have spoke about him fondly. My grandmother was named after her mum Katie (Catherine Aitken - Aitken was her middle name) and I have named my daughter after her (Catherine Aitken - Aitken being her middle name also), so we have the Aitken name living on in our family. My daughter was born on 1st July 1999. When my brother Scott heard of her birth he said “ The 1st of July morn, a special day, I won’t forget her birthday!!” I did not know Andrew Aitken had died on 1st July until many years later when our family did a research of our own. I’m proud of this gentleman for giving up his freedom and his life for King and country. Lest We Forget.
Carol Frew , Cairo (from Coatbridge), 06/11/2021 8:27PM
This is one of my great great uncles who fell at the Somme and who came from Gartsherrie, Coatbridge. My son and I visited the grave on 1st Aug 2020 to pay our respects. Very humble experience , the grave is in a lovely position and beautifully looked after. Thanks for the general information on this site, this has helped us learn more about our family's history and has been most helpful. LWF Scott Fisher
Scott Fisher, Kent, 02/08/2020 3:53PM

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