AIKIN, John Forrest


© Photograph submitted by the Wheatley, Ontario Legion & Dawn Heuston.


From Belfast, Ireland, settling in Wheatley, Ontario John enlisted in the 99th Battn (Essex Regiment) in January 1915, and was later transferred to the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. During the battle of Mount Sorrell, on June 2nd, 1916, he was listed as missing in action and presumed dead, at age 19. Like thousands of other Canadian soldiers, his body was claimed by the mud of Flanders or blown to oblivion by a direct hit from a shell. His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres. 
























The following records have been discerned for Private John Forrest Aikin  by Mary Leigh and Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.  Son of Jane McLeod and David Aikin.

Listed among those on Barnardo Homes 'Faithful Unto Death' report of the 677 boys who gave their lives in World War One.

Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
Name:  John Forrest Aikin
Date of Registration:      Oct-Nov-Dec 1896
Registration district:        Belfast
Birth Country:    Ireland
Volume:               1
Page:     414
FHL Film Number:            101066


Library and Archives Canada
Item: J.F. AITKEN (57649)
Given Name(s):                J.F.
Surname:            AITKEN
Gender:               M
Age:       8
Year of Arrival:  1905
Ship:      DOMINION
Date of Departure:          1905-08-03
Date of Arrival:  1905-08-12
Port of Arrival:   Quebec
Party:    Barnardo Homes
Destination:       Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario
Children travelling together:       Q05AZ
Comments:        433 children, males to Toronto and Winnipeg and the females to Peterborough. There were nine adults on the end of the list who were travelling with the group. Frederick Franks, a boy aged 7, was listed as going to Peterborough.
Type of Records:              Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number:               T-485
Reference:         RG 76 C1a
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number:               57649


Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
Name:  J F Aitken
Gender:               Male
Age:       8
Birth Year:           abt 1897
Date of Arrival:  12 Aug 1905
Vessel: Dominion
Port of Arrival:   Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Port of Departure:           Liverpool, England


1911 Canadian Census records place John F Aiken as a Hired Labourer in the household of Edith C and Dorton McIntosh of Mersea, Essex, Ontario.  John was born Oct 1896 in Ireland and had immigrated in 1905.  Also in residence was Servant Winnifred William.


Ups and Downs Magazine for Barnardo Homes, published in Canada noted the following publications:

Item: John F. AITKIN (245507)
Given Name(s):                John F.
Surname:            AITKIN
Event:   Death - WW1
Notes:  Came 1906. Killed or died from wounds. (See also RG 76 Vol. 52 File 2209 pt 3).
Record Title:       Ups and Downs (magazine published by the Canadian Branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, Toronto), January 1918
Page Number:   14
Volume Number:             20
Reference:         Gene CS88 A1 U68, not available on microfilm
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number:               245507


Item: John F. AITKIN (239298)
Given Name(s):                John F.
Surname:            AITKIN
Event:   Death - WW1
Notes:  Came 1905. Killed or died from wounds. (See RG 76 vol 52 File 2209 pt 3).
Record Title:       Ups and Downs (magazine published by the Canadian Branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, Toronto), January 1918
Page Number:   1
Issue Number:  1
Volume Number:             20
Reference:         Gene CS88 A1 U68, not available on microfilm
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number:               239298


Attestation papers were signed 14 Jan 1915 in Leamington, Ontario.  John Aikin was born 1 Oct 1896 in Belfast, Ireland.  He was a Carpenter by trade.  He had previous Military experience with the 21st and he served at Camp.  His Next of Kin was David Aikin of Wheatley, Ontario.  He appeared to be 18 years of age, 5'5" in height with a fair complexion, gray eyes and brown hair.  His religion was noted as Baptist.

His pay was forwarded to Mrs Jane Aikin of Wheatley, Ontario.  Records indicate she was his widowed Mother.


Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that Private Aikin was Killed in Action, he was instantly killed by shell fire at Maple Copse, in Ypres on 2 Jun 1916.  His body was not recovered for burial, according to records it was placed in a dugout, but before burial it had been destried by shell fire.

His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium.  Panel 30,32.


Find A Grave Memorial# 10790157