ID number1DRL/0013
Collection typePrivate Record
TitleAitken, James Murray, MC (Lieutenant, b.1891 - d.1918)
Measurement4 wallets : 4 cm
Object typePapers
MakerAitken, James Murray
Place made
  • Egypt: Alexandria
  • Egypt: Cairo
  • Egypt: North Egypt, Mena
  • France
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made1914-1918
DescriptionCollection 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.
SummaryAitken'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.