AIKIN, David

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

David was a carpenter, married to Myrtle, and had two sons. Enlisted with the 186th Battn. (Kent Regiment) and was later transferred to the 18th Battn. His wife received word that he had been killed in action during the battle for Hill 70. An account of the battle appeared in the Wheatley Journal written by Private Welsh of Chatham, who stated he could not believe he survived the shell that killed David, as he was only ten feet away. After the fighting, he helped bury his comrades, including David Aikin.

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

Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
Name:  David Aikin
Date of Registration:      Oct-Nov-Dec 1892
Registration District:       Belfast
Birth Country:    Ireland Volume:               1
Page:     340 FHL
Film Number: 101064

Library and Archives Canada
Item: David AITKIN (99980)
Given Name(s):                David
Surname:            AITKIN
Gender:               M
Age:       8
Year of Arrival:  1901
Ship:      TUNISIAN
Date of Departure:          1901-03-21
Date of Arrival:  1901-03-00
Port of Arrival:   Portland
Party:    Barnardo Homes
Children travelling together:       Z01CH
Comments:        A group of 260 Dr. Barnardo children from London to Toronto (193), Peterborough, Ontario (6) and to Russell, Manitoba (60).
Type of Records:              Records of other organizations
Reference:         Family History Library, microfilm #1449400. Original records held at National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Source: Family History Library
Database Item Number:               99980

1901 Census states David Aikin was born 1892 in England, immigrated in 1901. Aged 8, listed as 'Boarder' in the household of Fred Waters, his mother Bessie, and sisters Nellie and Susan in residence. Brunel, Muskoka & Parry Sound, Ontario. William Aikin (1890, England, arrived in 1901) is listed as 'Boarder' in the same household.  Arthur Hunt (1888, England, arrived in 1899) is listed as 'Servant' in the same household.

1911 Census states David Aikin was a Lodger in the household of John Bates, his wife Nellie and sons Theodore and Carlos were in residence. 18 years of age, born in Ireland in 1892.

City of Windsor, Essex, Ontario. 21 Sep 1911 David Aikin married Myrtte Elsie Fitzpatrick. He states his father's name as David Aikin and his mother's name as Jane McLeod. He was married in Essex County, Ontario.

Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928
Name:  David Aikin
Age:       21
Birth Date:          abt 1890
Marriage Date:  21 Sep 1911
Marriage County or District:        Essex
Father: David Aikin
Mother:               Jane McLeod
Spouse:                Myrtte Elsie Fitzpatrick
Spouse's Age:    18
Spouse Birth Date:          abt 1893
Spouse Father: Daniel Fitzpatrick
Spouse Mother:               Susan Goslin

Attestation papers were signed 17 Mar 1916 in Chatham, Ontario.  David Aikins was born 21 Sep 1892 in Belfast, Ireland.  He was a Labourer by trade in Wheatley, Ontario.  He had 1 year of previous Military experience with the 1st Hussars.  His Next of Kin was his Wife, Myrtle Aikins of Wheatley, Ontario.  He appeared to be 23 years and 6 months of age, 5'4" in height with a medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  His religion was noted as Presbyterian.  The 's' was crossed off his surname within his Military file.

All of David's personal effects and estate were Willed to his wife, Elsie Myrtle Aikin of Wheatley, Ontario.  Myrtle later relocated to Leamington, Ontario.  She later remarried, her surname became Loop.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that Private Aikin was Killed in Action.  He was buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Aix-Noulette, Nord Pas de Calais, France.  Plot: I. M. 12.

In addition to his Military Memorial, his Wife had written upon his grave, "Thy will be done".

Find A Grave Memorial# 56458024