Aitken, James Murray, MC (Lieutenant, b.1891 - d.1918)

Unit 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
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Accession Number 1DRL/0013
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 4 wallets : 4 cm
Object type Papers
Maker Aitken, James Murray
Place made Egypt: Alexandria, Egypt: Cairo, Egypt: North Egypt, Mena, France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1914-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be accessed via the Memorial's Reading Room. AWM315 419/002/024
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant James Murray Aitken, MC, 11 Battalion, Gallipoli and France, 5 December 1914-12 May 1918. Letters and diaries provide detailed descriptions of Aitken's active service in Gallipoli and France; training in Egypt; leave taken in England; promotions, and recommendation for Military Cross.

History / Summary

Aitken's letters convey feelings and opinions and are written in a conversational, intimate style with many loving references to his mother and humorous anecdotes. Overall the letters are detailed, realistic but positive, and optimistic of a return home after having done good work. Throughout the letters, Aitken responds humorously to his mother's comments on marriage and the suitability of a number of girls. Several comments relate to businesses in Western Australia and family activities including those of his brother 2nd Lieutenant Frank Thompson Aitken, who enlisted with the Seaforth Highlanders and was killed in action in France, 20 November 1917. File also contains copy of newspaper article written by John Dux, 'Diary of an ANZAC', Sunday Telegraph, 25 April 1982, quoting from the diary of James Murray Aitken.

Biographical note: Lieutenant James Murray Aitken, MC, 11 Battalion, AIF. Killed in action, France, 10 August 1918. Son of Bessie Aitken and the late James Murray Aitken. Born at Bendigo, Victoria.