Biography

Birth date: 5 May 1863
Birth place: United Kingdom: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Death date: 20 July 1937
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • B Group
  • 11th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of embarkation: 31 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: B Group
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: B Group
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: B Group
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: Australian Imperial Force
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: B Group
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record (1)

Aitken, James Murray, MC (Lieutenant, b.1891 - d.1918) 1DRL/0013

Photograph

P05717.001

Group portrait of all the original officers and men of the 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, AIF. The group of over 685 soldiers are spread over the side of the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) near Mena camp. Officers identified in the front row are, left to right: 2nd Lieutenant (Lt) F P Strickland;...

P05717.001

Private Record

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

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,...

1DRL/0013

Timeline

Date of birth 1863-05-05
Date promoted 1914-08-18 Appointed Lieutenant Colonel.
Other units 1914-08-18 11 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1914-11-02
Other units 1915-02-11 Assumed temporary command, 11 Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-12-06
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-12-10
Date of honour or award 1917-07-25 Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Date of honour or award 1917-07-25 Mention in Despatches.
Other units 1917-11-23 AIF appointment terminated.
Other units 1917-11-24 Re-appointed Officer Commanding Troops 'Canberra'.
Other units 1918-01-09 Officer Commanding Troops 'Kashgar'.
Date returned to Australia 1918-01-30
Date of death 1937-07-20