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  cap badgePrivate Andrew Aitken

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

Andrew Aitken grave

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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. 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 elder 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. Here is the 1901 Census Information on the family - Address - 174 and 175 North Square, Coatbridge - Mary Aitken 44, James Aitken 22, Robt Aitken 20 (1881-03/02/1940), John Aitken 16, Catherine (Katie) Aitken 14, Andrew Aitken 12, Mary Aitken 10, David Aitken 8 ( /02/1893-14/01/1922)

Born / Resided

Old Monkland, Coatbridge / 66 North Square, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 01/07/1916, Battle of Albert Rd, Somme

Enlisted

Baird Town Hall, Coatbridge 03/09/1914

Employed

Joiner with the Gartsherrie Ironworks

Age

26

Buried / Remembered

Serre Road Cemetery No1, 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 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. Andrews Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. 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 Andrews Medal Index Card, Family Plot x 2, Newspaper clippings for Andrew x 3, Andrew and 3 brothers, Andrews parents Marriage Certificate, his brother Roberts Service Records x 5, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, his Reburial Form, Serre Road Cemetery No 1 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge. Andrews Grave Inscription reads " HE LIVETH IN OUR HEARTS "

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