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    Posted: 30 Mar 2011 at 10:35

Alexander Walker Aitchison

18th Battalion AIF


Serial Number: 1128


Date/Place of Birth:  1884,Penrith, NSW

Date/Place of Death: 22 August 1915, Gallipoli, Turkey

Biographical details:   Alexander Walker Aitchison was born in 1884, the son of David Frith and Elspeth Aitchison (nee Walker). He completed his schooling at Cleveland High School.  In 1909 Aitchison married Elsie Mary Langshaw and a son Donald Frith Aitchison was born on 19 July 1909.  He was a member of the Rose of Annandale Lodge No 288, United Ancient Order of Druids.  Prior to enlisting, Aitchison had served in the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Pioneer as a cook and had been employed as an insurance agent.

Service details:   Aitchison enlisted on 19 February 1915 and was allotted to  D Company 18th Battalion, a battalion raised at Liverpool in March 1915 as part of the 5th Brigade.  The battalion left Australia in early May and trained in Egypt from mid-June until 16 August 1915, when the battalion embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on Gallipoli. The battalion landed at Gallipoli on 22 August 1915 and was immediately committed to the last operation of the August Offensive - the attack on Hill 60 which lasted until 29 August in which the Battalion suffered a fifty percent casualty rate. On 22 August 1915, Aitchison was reported missing.   Statements taken from 2 members of D Company 18th Battalion,  Private J White and Sgt R J Everson stated that on 22 August the Company was close to Hill W.  The Company left the trench and moved forward to an advanced trench where Aitchison was wounded in the face. He died from his wounds shortly afterward.  On 21 January 1916, a Court of Inquiry held at Tel El Kebir found that it was reasonable to suppose that he was killed in action on 22 August 1915.


"On the 27th August we were close to Hill 60.  We left our trench, charged and took an advanced trench from which we had to retire to our old quarters.  There we was Aitchison lying with his face terribly injured but not quite dead.  The bearers refused to move him as his case was hopeless.  He died." 

Private J White1513, B Coy, 18th Battalion.
Memorial Details: Aitchison is commemorated on SP Memorial 1, Panel 84, Hill 60 Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

National Archives of Australia. Search: B2455, AITCHISON A W

Australian War Memorial, Red Cross files, 1DRL/0428, 40101


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