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Private Andrew Aitken

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

Andrew Aitken grave





Personal details

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

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

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 inscription reads " HE LIVETH IN OUR HEARTS ". 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)

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