22 March 1918 : Acting Corporal Peter Aitken

Peter Aitken was born 1 December 1990 in Edinburgh

Location of Edinburgh in the south of Scotland (cc OpenStreetMap)

Third son of Peter Aitken and Jessie (née Russell) of Bellencrieth Nursery, Bathgate. Peter was one of nine children, of whom one (George) died in childhood, age 2.


Peter was employed at the Bathgate Post Office and enlisted March 1916 

John Aitken (Born 1897) South Staffordshire Regiment Enlisted May 1915, Served with The Royal Scots,

The Pension Card shows the dates when Jessica Aitken's three sons died, starting with oldest John (14 September 1917) followed by James (4 October 1917) and then Peter (22 March 1918)


Acting Corporal Peter Aitken No.43276 7th (Service) Bn The Royal Scots Fusiliers

KIA near Vaulx 22 March 1918.


Linlithgowshire Gazette, 5 April 1918 

22 March 1918


Source: De Ruvigny's Vol. IV p.2; West Lothian Courier, 24 April 1918; Midlothian Advertiser, 5 April 1918; Linlithgow Gazette, 5 April 1918.  1901 Scotland Census.