Captain Robert Aitken

Biography of Captain Robert Aitken

Born in Cambuslang on 14th August 1894, Robert Aitken was the younger son of Mr and Mrs James G Aitken. His father was a manufacturer and the family lived at Endrick Bank, Cambuslang. Robert went up to the University of Glasgow in 1912 to study Medicine, and he excelled in all his exams. He kept close to the top of his class throughout, gaining merit certificates, including a commendation in surgery from the great, but notoriously hard to please Sir William McEwen.

In his early years he gained merits in Zoology and Botany, and in his later years, distinctions in Clinical Medicine, Midwifery and Ophthalmology. He graduated in 1917 with commendation and in normal times, the prospect of a distinguished career. But there was a war on. He had been a student member of the OTC. Immediately after graduating he joined the RAMC and in September 1917 he sailed for Mesopotamia.

Robert attained the rank of Captain and saw active service in Iraq. He survived the war, only to die of pneumonia in the Military Hospital at Baghdad on 17th January 1919. He was twenty-four.


Captain Robert Aitken
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of pneumonia, 17 January 1919
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/629, 953
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/4


University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty Records

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Records (GUAS Ref: CH 4/4/2/3/629, 953).

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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