Canadian Virtual War Memorial

David Wilson Aitken

In memory of:

Company Sergeant Major David Wilson Aitken

April 9, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

147929

Age:

35

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

78th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

January 13, 1882
Edinburgh, Scotland

Enlistment:

July 28, 1915
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of James and Jane Aitken.

Commemorated on Page 189 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

CANADIAN CEMETERY No. 2
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

5.D.5.

Location:

The CANADIAN CEMETERY No. 2 is about 2.5 kilometres north of the village of Neuville-St. Vaast. The village is about 6 kilometres north of Arras and 1 kilometre east of the main road from Arras to Bethune. The cemetery is on a spur road turning left from the road to Givenchy-en-Gohelle, about 1 kilometre south of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription– His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial (2010). Over 11,000 fallen Canadians having no known place of burial in France, are honoured on this Memorial. He was discovered and exhumed at a later date and now rests in a marked grave.May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)
  • Vimy Memorial– Canada's Vimy Memorial, located approximately 8 kilometres to the north-east of Arras, France. May the sacrifice of so many never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)
  • Photo of David Wilson Aitken– David Wilson Aitken was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on January 13, 1882.  He was married to Mary Jane Simpson.  They were living at 127 Langside St., Winnipeg, MB when he signed his attestation papers on July 28, 1915.  He was 33 years, 6 months old.  He was a tailor, had served in the 6th Royal Scots and belonged to the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers at the time.  
 
He was a Company Sergeant Major in the Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), 78th Battalion when he was killed on April 9, 1917 (age 35 years, 3 months).  He is buried in the Canadian Cemetery No. 2 Pas de Calais, France which is 1 kilometre south of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy.
  • Canadian Cemetery No 2– Canadian Cemetery No. 2 - The Canadian Cemetery No. 2 is located on Vimy Ridge and is attached to the grounds of Canada's Vimy Memorial. The cemetery is about 6 kilometres north of Arras, France.(John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Grave Marker– The grave marker at the Canadian Cemetery No. 2 is located by the grounds of Canada's Vimy Memorial. The cemetery is about 6 kilometres north of Arras, France. May he rest in peace. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)

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