World War 1 (1914 - 1918)


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James Aitken

Service: Army
Unit: 3rd Battalion Army Service Corps* transferred to 397th Home Service Company (No. 355488)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 52467

James was born in Newton Mearns in 1868, son of James and Ann Aitken, of Russell’s Land Newton Mearns.  In 1871 his Father was employed as a night watchman but later was a saddler in public works. James moved to Ayr and worked as a groom.

He married Margaret Cooper in 1897 and, at the time of his death, lived at 28 Craigmillars Buildings, King Street, Ayr. He died at home on 24 December 1917, aged 49, and is buried in Ayr Cemetery. The inscription on his gravestone reads ‘Saviour in thy gracious keeping we leave our soldier father sleeping’.


 *In 1918 the Corps received the “Royal” prefix for its service in WW1 and became the Royal Army Service Corps.

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