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John Alexander Aitken

In memory of:

Lieutenant John Alexander Aitken

August 27, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

CDN/599

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Gordon Highlanders

Division:

2nd

Additional Information


John A. Aitken was a member of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, he died while serving with the Gordon Highlanders as a CANLOAN Officer. Son of John and Catherine Sanders Aitken. Husband of Josephine Margaret Aitken, of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 235 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XXVIII. F. 4.

Location:

This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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