Roll of Honour


James Aitken


James Aitken was born on the 5th March 1865 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. His father, William Aitken, was a Warehouseman, though he had died by the time James was a medical student. The family lived at 12 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow. James began his medical studies at the University of Glasgow in 1887. He had a good academic record and graduated MB, CM in 1891. After graduation he moved down to Ilford, Essex, where he was a General Practitioner for many years and raised his family. He was also a member of the Territorial Army, and when war began in August 1914, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), aged 49.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Major James Aitken served both at home and in France, but he did not survive the war. He died on the 29th July 1917, aged 52, at the Yorkhill Military Hospital in Glasgow, where he had been a member of the Medical Board. He was survived by his wife and two sons, both of whom were serving in the Army. His grave is at Eastwood Cemetery, Glasgow.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead