Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Victor William Aitken

In memory of:

Private Victor William Aitken

March 3, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

H/19856

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada

Additional Information


Born:

November 9, 1920
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment:

December 2, 1939
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of William and Isabella Aitken, of Bayton, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 490 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 24. Column 3.

Location:

The Brookwood Memorial stands in the large Brookwood Military Cemetery, which forms part of the London Necropolis at Brookwood, west of Woking, about 48 kilometres from London. The garden in which the Memorial stands is at the south end of the Canadian Section (Second World War) located on the far side of St. Lawrence Avenue, the highway leading in from the main entrance on the Pirbright road. The memorial commemorates 3,475 men and women of the land forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who died during the Second World War and whose names could not appropriately be recorded on any of the campaign memorials in the different theatres of war. There are names of men and women who served as special agents and died as prisoners or while working with Allied underground movements. A few of the names on the memorial commemorate those whose bodies were never recovered or those graves which could not, for some other reason, be marked and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The names of over 200 Canadians are remembered on the Brookwood Memorial. Some perished in ships that were sunken in waters outside the territorial limits of any major campaign; some were lost overboard; some died from various causes on hospital ships or troop transports and were given burial at sea. Also commemorated are those who died during the campaign in Norway in 1940, and in raids on enemy-occupied territory in Europe, including the costly operation against Dieppe in August 1942.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Brookwood Memorial– Photo taken by John S. Brehaut during the Road to Freedom Tour of 2003.
  • Brookwood Memorial– This panel from the Brookwood Memorial lists the names of nine members the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada who took part in the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942.  Sergeant Leslie Harold Pratt and Privates John Graham, George Ernest Little, Bernard Schacht, Sidney Frederick Sutton, Bennett Vincent Warne, and George Charles Harvey West are reported to have been killed on August 19, 1942.  Private Victor Horton is reported to have died on August 21, 1942.  Private Victor William Aitken who was reported missing after the raid is reported to have died on March 3, 1945, and presumably survived the raid.  That these soldiers are commemorated at this memorial indicates their bodies were never recovered or their graves could not, for some reason, be marked and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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