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Private Andrew Aitken

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

Andrew Aitken grave





Personal details

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 66 North Square, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 01/07/1916 Somme




Joiner with the Gartsherrie Ironworks



Buried / Remembered

Serre Road Cemetery No1, Pas de Calais, France

Family Information

Son of Andrew and Mary Leishman Aitken of 66 North Square, Gartsherrie. 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 ). Andrews brother Lance Corporal James Aitken of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 25/09/1915 (see index). Andrews 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. Mrs Aitken is a native of Condorrat

Additional Information

Andrew was Killed in Action on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. 12 other Coatbridge men fell on this day. Andrews grave inscription reads " HE LIVETH IN OUR HEARTS ". Also remembered on the Coats Parish Church, in the St Augustines Parish (book) and Coatbridge Technical Colleges Rolls of Honour (see photos)

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