10 July 1916 : 2/Lt. Cyril Arthur Charles Aitkens

Born Chislehurst, Kent 28 June 1893 

Son of Albert John Aitkens, of Paddock Wood, Kent and Ada Louise (née Knight, daughter of the Lord Mayor of London).

The iconic Memorial Building of Eastbourne College, completed in 1930 in memory of those who served and died during the Great War

Educated Eversley School, Southwold and Eastbourne College

Northumberland Engine Works N E Marine Engineers, Wallsend 1910

Cyril was articled to the N.E.Marine Engineering Works for 5 years, volunteered on the outbreak of war, when he obtained his first appointment in the Tyne Electrical Engineers Corps, and later, was given a commission as 2nd. Lieut. went to the front 24 June, 1916, and died 10 July following, from wounds received in action (the same day) in Mametz Wood, France.

Artillery Fire on Mametz Wood © IWM Art.IWM ART 2098


His grave is in Queen’s Nullah, near Mametz. In his pocket-book was found a receipt made out for 12 prisoners, dated 25 June.

2/Lt. Cyril Arthur Charles Aitkens  2nd. Lieut. Special Section, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers

10 July 1916


Sources: Du Ruvigny’s, Eastbourne College History Time Line, Tyne Electrical Engineers, The Long, Long Trail.