Pte
Arthur Heather Aitken

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
28/09/1885
Lieu de naissance:
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Informations générales

Profession:
Agriculteur

Informations service militaire

Pays:
New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
34304
Incorporation date:
23/08/1916
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Featherston, Wellington, New Zealand
Unités:
 —  Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
04/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Korek, Zonnebeke, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
32

Mémorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: New Zealand Apse panel 1

Points d'intérêt 1

#1 Lieu de naissance

Complément d'informations

Private Arthur Heather Aitken of the 2nd Battalion Auckland Regiment was killed in action on the 4th of October 1917, during the Battle of Broodseinde.

The New Zealand Division advanced astride the ‘s Gravenstafel-Mosselmarkt road with two brigades. The 1st New Zealand Brigade on the left, attacked with the 1st Auckland and the 1st Wellington. When the first objective had been obtained and consolidated, the 2nd Auckland and the 2nd Wellington were to move through the leading battalions and were to head to the second objective at the foot of the Bellevue Spur.

As soon as the attack started, the 1st Auckland drifted to the north, dragging the left companies of the Wellingtons with them. The 1st Auckland took Winchester Farm, Winzig and Albatross farm. All these strongpoints were in the 48th Division’s area of operation. As the first wave had strafed to the north, certain German positions had been left unharmed. So when the 2nd Auckland and 2nd Wellington Battalions advanced, the 2nd Auckland met opposition from Korek on the ‘s Gravenstafel Ridge. After fierce fighting at Korek the 2nd Auckland and 2nd Wellington took up the advance. They worked together, taking a German battalion headquarters in a group of pillboxes known as Waterloo. The 2nd Auckland went on to Calgary Grange and established a line just east of this position.

Private Aitken was killed in action on the 4th of October 1917. His service record mentions he was buried near Korek Farm. Notwithstanding this information, his remains weren’t recovered or weren’t identified and Aitken is remembered on the New Zealand Apse, Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing.

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" The Auckland regiment N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919. Being an account of the doings on active service of the first, second and third battalions of the Auckland Regiment ", Burton O.E., Auckland, Whitcombe & Tombs, 1922, pg. 171-179.
Sources utilisées
" The New Zealand Division 1916 - 1919 ", Stewart H., Whitecombe & Tombs, pg. 248 - 297.
Sources utilisées
"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 99 & 101.
Sources utilisées
Ancestry
http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Autre référence
Auckland Cenotaph
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C90?n=arthur%20heather%20aitken&ordinal=0&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch%2F
Sources utilisées
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/847206/AITKEN,%20ARTHUR%20HEATHER
Sources utilisées
The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/new-zealand-division/
Sources utilisées