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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). 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. 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. 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 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 Great Niece Lesley Aitken was a pupil at Coatbridge High School in the 1980s.

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

27

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

See Directory for Andrew's brother James' own page. 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. Andrew's Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. 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 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge. Andrew's Grave Inscription reads " HE LIVETH IN OUR HEARTS "

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Comments
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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